minor matter.

“minor matter” is the second part of the trilogy (BLUE, RED, WHITE) performed by three dancers. Two discursive apparatuses are at play—blackness and the black box. In this work, Lewis turns to the color red to materialize thoughts between love and rage. The work unfolds multi-directionally creating a poetics of dissonance from which questions of re-presentation, presentation, abstraction, and the limits of signification emerge.

Throughout the choreography the performers push their bodies against the boundaries of the stage while simultaneously illustrating a humble relationship between their bodies and the space that encapsulates it. The performers get exhausted as their bodies strip the stage of its formal mystique to approach its matter—black. In “minor matter”, sound travels across musical epochs to arrive at the poetics of the intimate present. Built on the logic of interdependence, the theater’s parts—light, sound, image, and architecture— become entangled with the three performers, giving life to a vibrant social and poetic space.

For “minor matter,” Lewis received the Bessie Award for Outstanding Production (2017).

* Production: Ligia Lewis

* Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer

* Funded by: Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.

* Residency support: FD-13, PACT Zollverein, 8:tension/Life Long Burning, collective address

Concept, choreography & artistic direction
Ligia Lewis

Justin F. Kennedy, Hector Thami Manekehla, Corey Scott-Gilbert

Developed with
Jonathan Gonzalez, Hector Thami Manekehla

Replacement performer
Tiran Willemse

Ligia Lewis with Performers

Musical Dramaturgy
Michal Libera, Ligia Lewis

Sound Design
Jassem Hindi

Sound technician
Neda Sanai

Ariel Efraim Ashbel

Text with quotation of the poem
“Dreamtalk” by Remi Raji

Martha Glenn

Production management
Björn Frers

Management, production & distribution
Godlive Lawani–Stane Performing Arts Management

Photos 1, 3 & 4 by Martha Glenn. Photo 2 by Julieta Cervantes

minor matter | Photo by Marta Glenn
minor matter | Photo by Julieta Cervantes
minor matter | Photo by Marta Glenn
minor matter | Photo by Martha Glenn
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