Ligia Lewis

minor matter May 17, 2019May 18, 2019May 19, 2019

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Fri, May 17, 8 pm
Sat, May 18, 8:45 pm 
Sun, May 19, 6:15 pm 

Capacity: 300

Packages that include both Sorrow Swag & minor matter are available; audiences can see both performances in short succession with a break between on Sat, May 18 & Sun, May 19. Purchase a two-show package here.

All performances are also available as single tickets


General admission
$26 advance
$30 week of
$70 covers the average, per-ticket cost of staging a production at On the Boards

Discounted tickets
Under 25: $12 advance or $15 week of 
Seniors 65+: $23 advance or $25 week of 
TeenTix member: $5 

The 2-Show Package 
$45 for any two performances of both Sorrow Swag and minor matter 
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Ligia Lewis is a dancer and choreographer who works in multiple contexts, including in theatres and museums. Engaging with affect and empathy, her choreography considers the social inscriptions of the body while evoking its potentiality. Her work can be described as experientially rich and complex. Within her practice, Lewis continues to provoke the nuances of embodiment. 

minor matter is the second part in Lewis's newly completed triptych, BLUE, RED, WHITE. Materializing thoughts between love and rage, Lewis and two performers move with and against one another, their bodies become engaged in a complicated entanglement with the black box and themselves. Between light and shadow, reference and imagination, affect and embodiment, questions of re-presentation, presentation, abstraction and the limits of signification emerge. In minor matter, sound travels across musical epochs to arrive at the poetics of the intimate present. Through a dynamic interplay of the theatre’s parts—sound, light, image, and architecture—minor matter gives life to a vibrant materiality.

On the Boards will present Sorrow Swag, Part I in Lewis's triptych, over the course of the same weekend as minor matter, giving audiences a unique opportunity to view both works back-to-back. 

"For the second year in a row, Ligia Lewis … offered the most vital new work in the [American Realness] festival. minor matter, the second part of her 'Blue, Red, White' triptych, is a beautiful, blistering trio for her, Jonathan Gonzalez and Hector Thami Manekehla. One of her guiding questions, stated in a description of the work: 'Can the black box be host to a black experience that goes beyond identity politics?'"
— Siobhan Burke, the New York Times


"The great themes such as racism, exclusion, endangering, self-definition and self-assertion, lust, love, eroticism, death are always present without being shown in detail. Ligia Lewis invites you to an emotional experience and intuitive understanding."
— kulturradio

Watch the trailer

trailer for Ligia Lewis: minor matter

Related Events

Totokaelo and On the Boards host an exclusive shopping event at Totokaelo in Capitol Hill in anticipation of the weekend performances by Ligia Lewis. Accompanying a projection of Lewis's performances, the night's soundtrack will be provided by KEXP DJ Tim Betterley, drinks will be served, and guests will enjoy 15% off the collection. Wednesday, May 15 from 6-8PM.
On the Boards is delighted to welcome Cultural Creative Partner Totokaelo this season. Totokaelo Seattle is located in Capitol Hill, at 1523 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.

Guests join us for a carefully curated supper by Racha and Wassef Haroun of Mamnoon on the opening night of Ligia Lewis. Our Studio Suppers series brings art lovers together for a fantastic family-style, pre-show dinner prepared by one of Seattle's finest chefs. Find out more

Artistic Director Rachel Cook hosts a conversation with Ligia Lewis about her work. 3 PM on Saturday, May 18. Free with tickets to any of the weekend’s performances. 

Sweet Pea Cottage School of the Arts will lead an arts workshop at On the Boards titled “Obstacles and Legos” just for kids ages 2-10. Find out more

About the Artist

Ligia Lewis, born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the US, is currently based in Berlin. In 2017 Lewis was awarded a Bessie for Outstanding Production for her latest stage work, minor matter, and awarded the Prix Jardin d’Europe for her work Sorrow Swag. In 2018 she was granted a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award in the field of dance. Both her stage works minor matter (2016) and Sorrow Swag (2014) continue to tour internationally. Her work has been shown at various venues and festivals including the following: Abrons Art Center/American Realness (NYC), Flax/Fahrenheit (LA), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), TATE Modern (London), Stedelijk Museum/Julidans Festival (Amsterdam), REDCAT/Pacific Standard Time (LA), and Tanz im August presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin).  

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 she is a factory artist at tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf).



minor matter is a production by Ligia Lewis in co-production with 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. Sorrow Swag and minor matter are presented in part with funding from ArtsWA and the National Endowment for the Arts.