A PLOT / A SCANDALLigia Lewis | 4th New Europe International Festival: Love / 4th New Europe International Festival: Love
A plot exposed, a foul deed enacted invites scandal. In the spirit of revolution or romantic musings, scandals provoke an imagining of the impossible. Utopian or mundane, how might scandal reveal what lies unwittingly close to our fantasies? And how does it expose where society places its limits? If life is a scandal waiting to be plotted, how do we position ourselves within its matrix? Immoral and lacking propriety, scandals are incidents where fantasy and pleasure take center stage. Guided by the questions of whom this pleasure is for and at what expense, Lewis's new plot explores the stage where scandals abound.
Weaving together historical, anecdotal, political, and mythical narratives − ranging from an interest in the Enlightenment thinker John Locke, Maria Olofa (Wolofa) in the slave revolt of Santo Domingo in 1521, Cuban artist and revolutionary Jose Aponte, and Lewis’s great grandmother, a figure Lewis turns to within her plot as a guide of resistance − the choreographer constructs the poetics of refusal at the edges of representation. A dance between affect and embodiment, seeing and being seen, A Plot/A Scandal is a scene in the making where the excitement for that which does not fit might find its place.
Ligia Lewis works as a choreographer and dancer. Lewis’s works, often marked by expressions of physical intensity and humor, 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. Through choreography, she develops expressive concepts that give form to movements, speech, affects, thoughts, relations, utterances, and the bodies that hold them. Utilizing affect, empathy, and the sensate, her work continues to evoke the nuances of embodiment. Lewis recently finished works including: “A Plot / A Scandal” (2022), “Still Not Still” (2021), “deader than dead” (film and live performance) (2020), the trilogy including: “Water Will (in Melody)” (2018), “minor matter” (2016), and “Sorrow Swag” (2014). Her other works include: “Sensation 1/This Interior” (High Line Commission, 2019); “so something happened, get over it; no, nothing happened, get with it” (Jaou Tunis, 2018); “Melancholy: A White Mellow Drama” (Flax Fahrenheit, Palais de Tokyo, 2015); $$$ (Tanz im August, 2012); and “Sensation 1” (sommer.bar, Tanz im August, 2011 and Basel Liste, 2014). Her work was presented in multiple venues across Europe and the US such as HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; Tanzquartier, Vienna; MCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Hammer Info sheet Ligia Lewis www.ligialewis.com Museum, Los Angeles ; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Kaaitheater, Brussels ; Arsenic, Lausanne ; High Line Art, New York; Performance Space, New York (2019); OGR Torino; Stedelijk, Amsterdam ; TATE Modern, London. Her work has also been presented at festivals and biennials such as the Ruhrtriennale, Bochum, Germany; Tanzplattform, Germany; Politik im Freien Theater Festival, Frankfurt; Liverpool Biennial; the Side Step Festival, Helsinki ; Biennale of Moving Images / Centre D’Art Contemporain, Geneva; Diver Festival, Tel Aviv ; American Realness, New York; The Donaufestival, Krems, Austria and Julidans, Amsterdam. Lewis is the recipient of the Tabori Award in the category of Distinction (2021); a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants Award (2018); a Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for minor matter (2017); a Factory Artist residency at tanzhaus nrw (2017-19); and a Prix Jardin d’ Europe from ImPulsTanz for Sorrow Swag (2015).
Concept, choreography, artistic direction, text: Ligia Lewis
Performance: Ligia Lewis
Choreographic assistance, alternating performer: Corey Scott-Gilbert, Justin Kennedy
Research/Dramaturgy: Sarah Lewis-Cappellari
Research: Michael Tsouloukidse
Lighting design & technical direction: Joseph Wegmann
Light technician: Claes Schwennen
Music composition & Sound design: George Lewis Jr AKA Twin Shadow & Wynne Bennett
Voice over: George Lewis Jr AKA Twin Shadow
Sound technician: Manuel Pessoa de Lima, Max Eilbacher
Set design: Ligia Lewis
Stage technician: Anna Cackett
Production & administration: Sina Kießling
Production & distribution: Nicole Schuchardt
Production assistance: Julia Leonhardt
Production: Ligia Lewis
Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Ruhrtriennale, Arsenic - Centre d'art scénique contemporain (Lausanne), Tanzquartier Wien, Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER (Gent), Kaserne Basel, The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis MN).
With the residency support of: Callie’s, O Espaço do Tempo.
Supported by: the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ
Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Funded by: Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.