Still Not Still
“Facts are simply perceptions and surfaces. You go round and round fall on the ground. What is the condition of bad fait(h)? What is deader than dead?” – Ligia Lewis
Ligia Lewis develops a choreography for six performers, a composition that emerges out of the dark space that is history for black and non-Western subjects. In response to this exclusion from the past, Lewis leverages darkness as a site for critical imaging and imagining. She makes use of the Early musical form of a “complainte” – a prolonged lament or musical poem. Through the confluence of comedy and tragedy, Lewis evokes with poetic and comedic force a unique theatrical language full of dark humor and surrealist imagery, disrupting any fantasy of historical progress.
Thus, Lewis imagines a world out of time, a world at a standstill. Can a history full of bad faith, gaps, and holes, particularly for those that fall outside its purview, be left to the past? Can history then, or a particular form of it, be deadened, exposed as a corpse, and stripped of reason? Given history is fallible and insufficient, and overdetermined by its victors, what might emerge once it is laid to rest? Still Not Still emerges from these conceptual questions, and, in response, makes an attempt to step to the side of the past.
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 honors 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). 2021 she received the Tabori award. Ligia Lewis’ stage works are (co-)produced and represented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
Concept, choreography, artistic direction Ligia Lewis Performance Boglárka Börcsök, Darius Dolatyari-Dolatdoust, Cassie Augusta Jørgensen, Justin Kennedy, Ligia Lewis, Jolie Ngemi Dramaturgy Maja Zimmermann Outside eye Dragana Bulut Lighting design, technical direction Joseph Wegmann Set design Claudia Besuch (Gali) Costume Marta Martino Sound design, composition S. McKenna Acoustic & electric guitar Joey Gavin Assistance Lissa-Johanna Volquartz Stage technician (tour) Şenol Şentürk Production management Hannes Frey (HAU Hebbel am Ufer) Production assistance Vera Laube (HAU Hebbel am Ufer) Touring, distribution Nicole Schuchardt (HAU Hebbel am Ufer) Production Ligia Lewis / HAU Hebbel am Ufer Coproduction tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf, Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain, Lausanne, Tanzquartier, Vienna, Black Box teater, Oslo, Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Gent, Gessnerallee, Zurich, Dance International Glasgow / Tramway, Glasgow. Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
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