For Lewis’s new research, Lewis seeks out the contours and edges of representation as she considers how the stage is embedded in a plot, be it narrative, enacted, or conceptualized, that pushes at the edges of cultural norms. Often one finds at its edges the potential for a scandal. Culturally understood as an act that is either immoral or lacks propriety, scandals can be incidents where fantasy and pleasure take centre stage. Continuing her ongoing engagement with affect and embodiment and that which constitutes “a body”, Lewis wants to explore the habits and ruptures inherent to seeing and being seen within the scene of the theatre, where scandals are inevitably abound.
Lewis will host her new research at TQW with a selected group of artists, to think through practices that remind us of where culture has yet to stride or where cultural production can only play business as usual.
is a dancer and choreographer. She 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), Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and Tanz im August, presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin). Her awards and honours include the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant (2018), a Bessie Award for “Outstanding Production” for minor matter (2017), and ImPulsTanz’s Prix Jardin d’Europe for Sorrow Swag (2015). Ligia Lewis’ stage works are (co-)produced and represented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin.