Still Not Still.

Facts are simply perceptions and surfaces. You go round and round fall on the ground. What is the condition of bad fait(h). What is deader than dead?

Lewis develops a choreography for seven performers, a composition that emerges out of the dark space that is history for black and non-Western subjects. In response to this exclusion from the past, Lewis leverages darkness as a site for critical imaging and imagining. She makes use of the Early musical form of a “complainte” – a prolonged lament or musical poem. Through the confluence of comedy and tragedy, Lewis evokes with poetic and comedic force a unique theatrical language full of dark humor and surrealist imagery, disrupting any fantasy of historical progress. Thus, Lewis imagines a world out of time, a world at a standstill.

Can a history full of bad faith, gaps, and holes, particularly for those that fall outside its purview, be left to the past? Can history then, or a particular form of it, be deadened, exposed as a corpse, and stripped of reason? Given history is fallible and insufficient, and overdetermined by its victors, what might emerge once it is laid to rest? “Still Not Still” emerges from these conceptual questions, and, in response, makes an attempt to step to the side of the past.

* Production: Ligia Lewis / HAU Hebbel am Ufer

* Co-production: tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain (Lausanne), Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna), Black Box Theater (Oslo), Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER (Ghent), Gessnerallee (Zürich), Dance International Glasgow / Tramway

* Funded by: Capital Cultural Fund (Berlin)

Concept, choreography, direction
Ligia Lewis

In process with and performed by
Boglárka Börcsök, Darius Dolatyari-Dolatdoust, Corey- Scott Gilbert, Cassie Augusta Jørgensen, Justin F. Kennedy, Nasheeka Nedsreal, (Jolie Ngemi), Damian Rebgetz

Ligia Lewis in collaboration with the performers

Maja Zimmermann

Outside Eye
Dragana Bulut

Lighting design & technical direction
Joseph Wegmann

Set design
Claudia Besuch (Gali)

Marta Martino

Sound design & composition
S. McKenna

Acoustic & electric guitar
Joey Gavin

Lissa-Johanna Volquartz

Sound technician (tour)
Max Eilbacher, Neda Sanai

Stage technician (tour)
Şenol Şentürk, Jachya Freeth

Production management
Hannes Frey, Vera Laube (HAU Hebbel am Ufer)

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

Photos 1, 2 & 4 by Moritz Freudenberg. Photo 3 by Brian Hartley

Still Not Still | Photo by Moritz Freudenberg
Still Not Still | Photo by Moritz Freudenberg
Still Not Still | Photo by Brian Hartley
Still Not Still | Photo by Moritz Freudenberg
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