American Realness

Ligia Lewis

minor matter

Co-Presented by LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts
(formerly ADI)

US PREMIERE

Sunday, January 8, 5:30pm – SOLD OUT*
Monday, January 9, 7:00pm – SOLD OUT*
Tuesday, January 10, 4:00pm – SOLD OUT*

* A waiting list will begin 30 minutes before each performance.

Run Time: 65 minutes

Abrons Arts Center, Experimental Theater
466 Grand Street / Tickets $20

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With minor matter, choreographer Ligia Lewis articulates a sensitive argument for minoritarian politics. Can we institute a practice of togetherness in the minor? Can the black box be host to a black experience that goes beyond identity 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.

minor matter is the second part in Ligia Lewis’ ongoing triptych BLUE, RED, WHITE. 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.

minor matter is a production by Ligia Lewis in coproduction with HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs and Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. Performances of minor matter for American Realness 2017 are made possible with support the Senate Department for Cultural and Europe and Lumberyard, formerly American Dance Institut/ADI.
Photo by Dorothea Tuch

Lumberyard           Berlin


Concept & Choreography: Ligia Lewis
with performers: Jonathan Gonzalez, Ligia Lewis, Hector Thami Manekehla
Musical Dramaturgy: Michal Libera
Styling: Alona Rodeh
Lights: Andreas Harder
Dramaturgy: Ariel Efraim Ashbel
Assistance: Martha Glenn
Press & Production: björn & björn

minor matter is a production by Ligia Lewis in co-production with HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs and Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. Additional support provided by residencies at FD-13, PACT Zollverein, 8:tension/Life Long Burning and collective address.

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 (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 Bal- letsCdelaB.

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.

“The work is elusive, yet poetic,” – Allen Smith, LOST WKND, Published April 2016

“For me, this constraint is a kind of freedom, perhaps the best kind. The intra-action of this inside/outside is what drives my creative engagements. The endless negotiation between those two sites, between thought and flesh, enables a becoming, a liveness captured by embodiment, beyond reason and beyond the limits of representational orders like identity.”
- Ligia Lewis, The Brooklyn Rail, Published July 11th, 2016

“When I first saw Ligia Lewis’s Sorrow Swag at the American Realness festival in New York City in January 2016, I could tell there were deep and complex layers of significance informing the work, a developed vocabulary and particular inner logic. I knew I was not yet fluent in this language, so I went back to see the show a second time. I processed this experience in writing, and was left with many potent questions on expressions of power through the body, language, and theatrical convention.”
– Emily Gastineau, Temporary, Published June 22nd, 2016