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A Plot / A Scandal — Ligia Lewis

August 1, 2022 - August 8, 2022

A Plot, A Scandal, Ligia Lewis - Credits Rachel-Israela-Scheidt

A Plot / A Scandal — Ligia Lewis

A plot exposed, a foul deed enacted, invites scandal. In the spirit of revolution or romantic musings, scandals provoke an imagining of the impossible. Utopian or mundane, how might scandal reveal what lies unwittingly close to our fantasies? And how does it expose where society places its limits? If life is a scandal waiting to be plotted, how do we position ourselves within its matrix? Immoral and lacking propriety, scandals are incidents where fantasy and pleasure take center stage. Guided by the questions for whom this pleasure is for and at what expense, Lewis’s new plot explores the stage where scandals abound. Weaving together historical, anecdotal, political, and mythical narratives, Lewis constructs the poetics of refusal at the edges of representation. A dance between affect and embodiment, seeing and being seen, A Plot / A Scandal is a scene in the making where the excitement for that which does not fit might find its place.



Concept, choreography & artistic direction: Ligia Lewis
Performance: Ligia Lewis
Choreographic assistance, performer: Corey Scott-Gilbert, Justin Kennedy
Research/Dramaturgy: Sarah Lewis-Cappellari
Outside eye, assistance: Da Ria Geske
Research: Michael Tsouloukidse
Lighting design & technical direction: Joseph Wegmann
Music composition & Sound design: George Lewis Jr AKA Twin Shadow & Wynne Bennett
Sound technician: Manuel Pessoa de Lima
Set design: Ligia Lewis
Costume: SADAK
Stage technician: Şenol Şentürk
Production & administration: Sina Kießling
Production & distribution: Nicole Schuchardt
Production assistance: Julia Leonhardt
Production: Ligia Lewis
Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Ruhrtriennale, Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain (Lausanne), Tanzquartier Wien, Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER (Gent), Kaserne Basel, The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis MN).
With the residency support of: Callie’s, O Espaço do Tempo.
Supported by: the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
Funded by: Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.



Ligia Lewis works as a choreographer and dancer. In her work, sonic and visual metaphors meet the body, materializing the enigmatic, the poetic, and the dissonant. Lewis’s work continues to evoke the nuances of embodiment. Her work was presented in multiple venues across Europe and the US. She was managed and produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer Theater from 2017 until 2021 and was a tanzhaus nrw factory artist from 2017 until 2019. She is the recipient of the Tabori Award in the category of Distinction, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants Award, and a Bessie Award for Outstanding Production.


August 1, 2022
August 8, 2022
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