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Studio Presentation
Ligia Lewis:
A Plot / A Scandal
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 6:30 PM

Please join us on Wednesday, May 25th at 6:30pm with resident Ligia Lewis in the Callie’s movement studio to present and discuss her new work in progress, A Plot / A Scandal.

As Lewis writes, “A plot exposed, a foul deed enacted, invites scandal. In the spirit of revolution or romantic musings, scandals provoke an imagining of the impossible.” Lewis asks how scandal might reveal what lies close to our fantasies: “How does scandal expose where society places its limits? If life is a scandal waiting to be plotted, how do we position ourselves within its matrix?”

Lewis will share excerpts of performance materials, then be in conversation with her sister and collaborator Sarah Lewis-Cappellari to discuss the contents of A Plot / A Scandal, unpacking some of the formal translations of its research, and sharing some of its critical inquiries. Join us for this intimate evening of performance and conversation.

A Plot / A Scandal will officially premiere at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin in October 2022. Its first iteration will be shown at Ruhrtriennale, Bochum in August 2022.

Ligia Lewis is a choreographer and dancer whose genre-defying works have thrust dance into the realm of contemporary art, and vice versa. Her practice, broadly speaking, engages with affect and embodiment, exploring the ways in which our bodies record and resist dominance.

Sarah M. Lewis-Cappellari is an Afro-Dominican-American cultural producer and currently a PhD candidate in Theater and Performance Studies at UCLA. Stemming from a position of critically addressing inequitable socio-political and cultural practices, she has combined her skills as a performance maker and pedagogue to provide cultural programming that invites, and centers underrepresented groups in the arts and in academia. Her current research explores the material and symbolic resonance of sugar, refined from cane, to interrogate how this “tastemaker” has fed the racial imagination.

Wednesday, May 25th, 6:30pm

Please register online in advance using the form below. Registration on-site is possible, capacity permitting.

Admission is free.

Kindly note that this event follows 2G+ rules. Please bring proof of vaccination as well as one of the following: a negative Covid test from the past 24 hours; proof of recovery from Covid; or proof of booster.

Wearing an FFP2 mask is mandatory inside the venue.

Concept, choreography & artistic direction: Ligia Lewis Performance: Ligia Lewis Choreographic assistance, performers: Corey-Scott Gilbert, Justin Kennedy Research/Dramaturgy: Sarah Lewis-Cappellari Research: Michael Tsouloukidse Outside eye, assistance: Da Ria Geske 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 Vooruit (Gent), Kaserne Basel, The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles) With residency support from: 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.