minor matter by Ligia Lewis

Feb 16 - Feb 18, 2018

Fri / Feb 16 / 10pm
Sat / Feb 17 / 10pm
Sun / Feb 18 / 6pm

In minor matter, two apparatuses are at play—blackness and the spectacle. This is the second work by Dominican-born Ligia Lewis from her trilogy (BLUE, RED, WHITE). Three dancers push against the boundaries of the stage, while illustrating a humble relationship between their bodies and the space that encapsulates it.

Part of Progress Festival at The Theatre Centre!

Lewis turns to the colour red to materialize thoughts between love and rage. Built on the logic of interdependence, the theatre’s parts—light, sound, image, and architecture—become entangled with the performers, giving life to a vibrant social and poetic space.

minor matter (2017 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production) unfolds multi-directionally, creating a poetics of dissonance from which questions of re-presentation, presentation, abstraction, and the limits of signification emerge. The performers get exhausted as their bodies strip the stage of its formal mystique to approach its matter—black.

Tactile Audio Display seating available!

TAD-TARDIS (Tactile Audio Relative Dimension In Sound) is an eight channel tactile sound system for the body. A limited number of TAD-TARDIS seats are available to patrons for whom it may increase accessibility. Please select a TAD seat when purchasing your ticket.

“It turns out utopia is going to have to coexist with apocalypse and that both have been with us all along. Lewis’s work offers a kind of oblique blueprint for how joy, hope, anger, and despair are all always the case, using the paradigmatic fact of blackness.” – 4Columns, New York City


Dominican Republic / USA / Germany

Ligia Lewis in co-production with HAU Hebbel am Ufer

Toronto Dance Community Love-In

Fri / Feb. 16 / 10:00pm
Sat / Feb. 17 / 10:00pm
Sun / Feb. 18 / 6:00pm

Tactile Audio Display Seating available for all performances

60 minutes

Performed in English

The Franco Boni Theatre


Concept & Choreography: Ligia Lewis

With: Corey Scott-Gilbert, Ligia Lewis, Tiran Willemse (in creation with Hector Thami Manekehla, Jonathan Gonzalez)
Musical Dramaturgy: Michal Libera, Ligia Lewis

Sound Design: Jassem Hindi

Sound Technician: Neda Sanai

Styling: Alona Rodeh

Lights: Andreas Harder

Dramaturgy: Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Assistance: Martha Glenn

Touring and Distribution: HAU Hebbel am Ufer / Nicole Schuchardt
minor matter is a production by Ligia Lewis in co-production with HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. Additional support provided by residencies at FD-13, PACT Zollverein, and collective address. Canadian tour developed in association with Montréal, arts interculturels.

Photo: Doro Tuch