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Water Will (in Melody)
Recording: 2018-11-29 , HAU2 Hebbel am Ufer (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Ligia Lewis

Water Will (in Melody)

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)

Production Details / Press Releases

After the great success and a worldwide tour of “minor matter,” HAU presents the new work of dancer and choreographer Ligia Lewis. Water Will (in Melody) is a devised choreographic work for four performers using melodrama as a point of departure. Wrestling with language and notions of “the will”, this dystopic fantasy becomes a space for negotiating desire, imagination, and feelings of an encroaching end. Unfolding with playful inventiveness, a wet and cavernous landscape becomes host to a fiction that invites instability, recreation, and catastrophe. Lewis initiates this world in which voice, gesture, touch and movement, flow like waves – both gentle and turbulent. Through the language of mimesis, Lewis and her performers engage with the porousness of the theater by producing a fantastical-like materiality relieved of metaphoric and symbolic weight. Surrendering to the possibilities of the haptic, sense gets un-done to get re-done, paving way for an “othered” organization of sight and touch. Through this process of alienation, exteriorization, and materialization, this melodrama touches the borders of its own making giving life to both the emotional landscape of its protagonists as well as to the theater itself.


TFB Nr. 1261

Cast & Credits

erformance: Titilayo Adebayo, Dani Brown, Ligia Lewis, Susanne Sachsse
Dramaturgy: Maja Zimmermann
Light design: Ariel Efraim Ashbel
Sound design: Jassem Hindi, S. McKenna
Stage design: Eike Böttcher
Technical director & light technician: Catalina Fernandez
Costume design: sowrong studio
Assistant: Carina Zox, Gilad Bendavid
Production management: HAU Artist Office / Sabine Seifert
Touring & Distribution: HAU Artist Office / Nicole Schuchardt

Production: Ligia Lewis / HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Co-production: Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2018 / Centre D’Art Contemporain (Genf), tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), donaufestival (Krems), Arsenic Centre d’art scénique contemporain (Lausanne), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis)
Funded by: Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe
Supported by: Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC).

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)

Hallesches Ufer 32
10963 Berlin

Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27

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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