Water Will (in Melody)
- May 28 - 29 | 7pm
- U.S. Premiere
Melodrama is a point of departure for Ligia Lewis’s latest choreographic work, Water Will (in Melody). A gothic tale set in a cavernous landscape becomes host to a dystopian fantasy, enacted by four performers. Creative (im)possibility becomes the engine by which a state of hopelessness, darkness, and unexamined emotions are explored. This is the last part of Lewis’s trilogy, which began with Sorrow Swag in blue, succeeded by minor matter in red.
Through her use of color, embodiment, and dramaturgical unruliness, Lewis twists ingrained symbols of the body and the theater with playful abandon. She seeks out the edges, frictions, and ruptures of these sites, paving way for an “othered” experience of time and space. Resisting the tyranny of transparency and representationalism, she hopes to carve out a space for opacity and the state of not knowing.
*Post-show talk with Shiv Kotecha on Wednesday, May 29.
Production: Ligia Lewis / HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
Co-production: Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2018 / Centre D’Art Contemporain (Geneva), tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), Arsenic Centre d’art scénique contemporain (Lausanne), donaufestival (Krems), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Münchner Kammerspiele.
Funded by: Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Supported by: Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC).
Thanks to: Jarrett Gregory.
Water Will (in Melody) is supported in part by the Goethe Institut.
Concept & Choreography: Ligia Lewis
In creation with Performers: Susanne Sachsse, Dani Brown, Titilayo Adebayo
Replacement: Jolie Ngemi
Dramaturgy: Maja Zimmermann
Light design: Ariel Efraim Ashbel
Sound design: S. McKenna
Stage design: Eike Böttcher
Technical direction & light technician: Catalina Fernandez
Costume: sowrong studio
Assistance: Gilad Bendavid, Carina Zox
Production management: HAU Artist Office / Sabine Seifert
Touring & distribution: HAU Artist Office / Nicole Schuchardt.
Photo: Julien Barbès and Moritz Freudenberg (cropped into heart)
Video: Mehmet S. Yildirim
Photo: Maria Baranova