• Black Box teater
  • Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival
  • 7.–16. March 2019
  • Performances, installations, talks,
    seminars and festival club
  • Ligia Lewis (DO/DE)
  • minor matter

  • Friday 8, 21.00

”An urgent exploration of love, rage and where they meet” The New York Times – selected as Best Dance in 2017

minor matter forms the second part of the trilogy Blue, red, white. It starts in total darkness, inside the theatre space known as the black box. Gradually three dancers emerge, raising the question of blackness and how it can exist in such a space. In this work, Lewis turns to the colour red to materialize thoughts between love and rage. Throughout the choreography the performers push themselves against the boundaries of the stage while simultaneously illustrating a humble relationship between their bodies and the space that encapsulates them. The performers get exhausted as their bodies strip the stage of its formal mystique to approach its matter—black. The theater’s parts – light, sound, image, and architecture – become entangled with the three performers, giving life to a vibrant social and poetic space.

Ligia Lewis is a dancer and choreographer. In 2017, she was awarded a Bessie for outstanding production for minor matter, and in 2018 she was granted a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award in the field of dance. As a dancer, Lewis has performed and toured extensively for artists including Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Mette Ingvartsen, and Eszter Salamon. She has collaborated with visual artist Wu Tsang, musical artist Twin Shadow, and with the DJ collective NON Worldwide. Ligia Lewis is currently managed and produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, and is a factory artist at tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf.

  • Norwegian premiere
  • Duration: 60 minutes.
  • Concept & choreography: Ligia Lewis
  • With performers Corey-Scott-Gilbert, Ligia Lewis, Tiran Willemse (in creation with Jonathan Gonzalez, Hector Thami Manekehla)
  • Musical Dramaturgy: Michal Libera, Ligia Lewis
  • Styling: Alona Rodeh
  • Sound Design: Jassem Hindi
  • Sound technician: Neda Sanai
  • Light Design: Andreas Harder
  • Light technician: Joseph Wegmann
  • Dramaturgy: Ariel Efraim Ashbel
  • Assistance: Martha Glenn
  • Production management (tour): HAU Artist Office / Sabine Seifert
  • Touring & distribution: HAU Hebbel am Ufer / Nicole Schuchardt
  • Production: Ligia Lewis
  • Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer
  • Funded by: Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.
  • Additional support provided by residencies at: FD-13, PACT Zollverein, 8:tension/Life Long Burning and collective address.