Ligia Lewis

Water Will (in Melody)
Sep 19 - 22, 2019

Passed Event Merrill Theater

Run time: 65 minutes

Thu, Sept 19, 8 PM
Fri, Sept 20, 8 PM
Sat, Sept 21, 8 PM
Sun, Sept 22, 5 PM 

"Like the best science fiction, Lewis’ work is most successful in its insistence that the spare can be made spectacular. "
– Catherine Damman for ARTFORUM 


Melodrama is a point of departure for Ligia Lewis’ latest choreographic work, Water Will (in Melody). Four performers enact a gothic tale set in a wet, cavernous landscape. A dystopian fantasy unfolds, creative (im)possibility becoming the engine by which states of hopelessness, darkness, and unexamined emotions are explored. Lewis uses color, embodiment, and dramaturgical unruliness to twist 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. Water Will (in Melody) is the final chapter of Lewis’ BLUE, RED, WHITE triptych, which began with Sorrow Swag in blue, succeeded by minor matter in red.  

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About the Artist
Ligia Lewis is a dancer and choreographer. She has worked in multiple contexts, including that of the theatre and museum. Engaging with affect, empathy, and the sensate, her choreography considers the social inscriptions of the body while evoking its potentiality. Lewis is currently managed and produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin and she is a factory artist at tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf. Parts I and II of Lewis' BLUE, RED, WHITE triptych were presented in the 18/19 season at On the Boards.

Concept & choreography: Ligia Lewis
In creation with performers: Titilayo Adebayo, Dani Brown, Susanne Sachsse
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 by: Maria Baranova

This presentation of Water Will (in Melody) is part of the North American tour, which includes the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; On the Boards, Seattle; Performance Space NY, New York City; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland; REDCAT, Los Angeles; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
Production by Ligia Lewis / HAU Hebbel am Ufer. 
Co-produced by 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), and Münchner Kammerspiele. Funded by Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe with support from Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC). Thanks to Jarrett Gregory for residency support.