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For this choreographic lab, Ligia Lewis will create a space to negotiate the expressive potential of flatness and psychic stasis. Building divergent physical narratives through the lens of dark comedy, this workshop will exercise / exorcise a playful deadness through deadpan performativity and within a landscape composed of sound and image. Her workshop will include sharing excerpts from films and texts as well as engaging in writing to enrich the creative process.
Lewis’s works, often marked by expressions of physical duress, seek to animate subjects through physical forms of expression that disrupt normative conceptions of the body while negotiating the ghostly traces of history, memory, and the unknown.
The lab is part of TQW’s ongoing research series Imaging otherwise – Invention of the present.
creates affective choreographies while interrogating the metaphors and social inscriptions of the body. Lewis’s work continues to provoke the nuances of embodiment. Her work has been shown at various venues and festivals, such as Abrons Arts Center / American Realness (New York), Flax / Fahrenheit (Los Angeles), Tate Modern (London), Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and Tanz im August (Berlin).
Lewis was awarded the Prix Jardin d’Europe for her work Sorrow Swag at ImPulsTanz 2015. As a dancer, Lewis has performed with and alongside with Eszter Salamon, Mette Ingvartsen, Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Jeremy Wade, Wu Tsang, and Les Ballets C de la B.