Feb 16 - Feb 18, 2018
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.
“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
CURATED AND PRESENTED BY
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
Performed in English
The Franco Boni Theatre
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