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minor matter
Recording: 2016-11-24 , HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3) (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Ligia Lewis

minor matter

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3)

Production Details / Press Releases

With “minor matter”, choreographer Ligia Lewis articulates a sensitive argument for minoritarian politics. Three performers work towards a regime of time and space that builds on minor aesthetics through a dynamic interplay of the theater’s parts. Between light and shadow, reference and imagination, affect and embodiment, the work opens up a vital celebratory space where engrained symbols are twisted by the intimate poetics of the performative moment. In a time of anti-blackness, minor matter inhabits the black box saturated with the fugitivity of black expression. Whereas sadness and the color blue stood in the foreground of Sorrow Swag (part one/BLUE), in this new work Lewis turns to the color red, materializing thoughts between love and rage.

Ligia Lewis 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). Lewis was awarded the Prix Jardin d’Europe for her work “Sorrow Swag.” As a dancer, Lewis has performed and toured extensively with and alongside the following: Eszter Salamon, Mette Ingvartsen, Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Jeremy Wade, Wu Tsang, and Les Ballets C de la B.

Jonathan Gonzalez is an artist working through performance, sound design/composition, writing and visual practices. He has been a Posse and Bessie Schönberg Scholar, Diebold Award recipient for Distinction in Choreography & Performance, Brooklyn Arts Exchange Fellow and New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Artist. He has collaborated in the works of Patricia Hoffbauer, Cynthia Oliver, Jaamil Kosoko, Isabel Lewis, Jomama Jones, Philip Howze and Grisha Coleman, among others.

One of the most promising cricket players in Soweto, Hector Thami Manekehla decided to stop playing and pursue performance. He showed his work in various theaters and festivals around the world. In 2008, he won the Danse l, Afrique Danse, which took place in Tunisia. From 2014-2015 he was awarded a fellowship residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude. He is currently working with Maria La Ribot.

Michal Libera is a sociologist working in music as sound essayist, producer, curator and writer. He runs conceptual pop label Populista dedicated to mis- and over- interpretation of music and experiments with various sound narrations incl. tape music, installations and opera. Regular collaborators include Warsaw National Art Gallery Zachęta, the Warsaw Centre for Contemporary Art, Polish National Museum, Galerie West in The Hague and Satelita in Berlin. Libera is a member of two obscure art groups called Budapeszt and Sud.

Andreas Harder is a Berlin-based light and set designer. He has worked with the contemporary music ensemble Zeitkratzer, Korean artist Sung Whan Kim and a long list of choreographers including Jeremy Wade, Matan Zamir and Nicola Mascia, Angela Schubot and Jared Gradinger, Eszter Salamon, Adam Linder, Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir, Zufit Simon, Yasmeen Godder, WILHELM GROENER and many more.

Alona Rodeh is a visual artist. She received her Master of Fine Arts with honors from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. In 2013/14, she was an artist in residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien and has been based in Berlin since then. She has presented work at different museums and galleries worldwide incl. Tel Aviv Museum, Grimmuseum Berlin, ABC Art Fair and the Venice Biennale and collaborated with directors and choreographers such as Barrie Kosky, Yasmeen Godder, Ariel Efraim Ashbel and many more.

Ariel Efraim Ashbel makes shows. He has presented work at HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Kampnagel (Hamburg), FFT (Düsseldorf), Sophiensaele (Berlin), Impulse Theater Festival, Spielart Festival and many more. Alongside his work as a director, he also collaborates with colleagues as performer and dramaturge.

Cast & Credits

Concept & Choreography: Ligia Lewis
With: Jonathan Gonzalez, Ligia Lewis, Hector Thami Manekehla
Mixtape: Michal Libera
Sounddesign: Guy James Cohen
Styling: Alona Rodeh
Light: Andreas Harder
Dramaturgy: Ariel Efraim Ashbel
Assistant: Martha Glenn
Press & Production: björn & björn
Thanks to Zeina Hanna, Christiane Hommelsheim, Jassem Hindi and Anna Mülter.
Produced by: Ligia Lewis
Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Cultural Affairs and Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V..
Additional support by residencies at FD-13 Minneapolis, PACT Zollverein Essen, [8: TENSION] ImPulsTanz Vienna and collective address NYC

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3)

Tempelhofer Ufer 10
10963 Berlin

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Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Ligia Lewis / Trailers and Video Documentations

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