DIG 21: Ligia Lewis | Still Not Still
Saturday 9 October, 7pm to 8.30pm
A choreographic composition for seven performers dealing with the centuries-old and ongoing exclusions of black and non-white people from the historical record.
'It is reasonable to situate the world on the verge of sense and NON-sense.
You go round and round and fall on the ground.
What is the remedy for bad fate? What is deader than dead?'
Full of dark humour and surrealist imagery, Ligia Lewis’ 'Still Not Still' evokes with poetic force a unique theatrical language, disrupting any fantasy of historical progress.
The choreographic composition for seven performers deals with the centuries-old and ongoing exclusions of black and non-white people from the historical record. Can a history full of bad faith, gaps, and holes, particularly for those that fall outside its purview, be left to the past? Inspired by the image of an 8th century Black Madonna in Italy as well as a 14th century French “complainte” (lament), 'Still Not Still' addresses these voids as “lacuna” - dark cave – that have given those of us outside the privileges of white identity an ignorant self.
She turns to the dark cave of the theatre space and negotiates the past within it to make another future possible. At the same time tragedy and comedy, the dance piece makes use of the playful, expressionless expressivity and dry, black comedy of 'Deadpan'. Lewis designs a world outside of time in which dark gaps are tracked down and stasis is set in motion with the creative power of fictionalisation. Given history is fallible and insufficient, and overdetermined by its victors, what might emerge once it is laid to rest? “Still Not Still” takes shape as a prolonged lamento and offers a musical-performative reclamation, as a formal response to history.
This performance contains flashing lights, nudity, aggressive confrontation and sexual suggestion.
Recommended for ages 16+
Particularly good for Subpacs
Highly Visual / No or Little Text
A Tramway co-commission
About Ligia Lewis
Ligia Lewis is a choreographer and dancer. 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 a performance trilogy: “Water Will (in Melody)” (2018), “minor matter” (2016), and “Sorrow Swag” (2014). Her most recent major stage work, “Still Not Still” (2021) is preceded by a smaller work for the museum context, “deader than dead” (2020), currently being presented as a film, commissioned by Made in LA Biennial/Hammer Museum (US). Her work has been presented in multiple venues and is currently touring internationally.
Photo courtesy of Ligia Lewis/Maritz Freudenberg
Production: Ligia Lewis / HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
Co-production: tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), Arsenic - Centre d'art scénique contemporain (Lausanne), Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna), Black Box teater (Oslo), Arts Centre Vooruit (Ghent), Gessnerallee (Zürich), Dance International Glasgow / Tramway.
Funded by: Capital Cultural Fund (Berlin).
Concept, choreography & artistic direction: Ligia Lewis
Original Performance: Boglárka Börcsök, Darius Dolatyari-Dolatdoust, Corey-Scott Gilbert, Cassie Augusta Jørgensen, Justin Kennedy, Jolie Ngemi, Damian Rebgetz
Cast in Glasgow: Boglárka Börcsök, Darius Dolatyari-Dolatdoust, Cassie Augusta Jørgensen, Justin Kennedy, Ligia Lewis, Damian Rebgetz
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)