LIGIA LEWISArtist Talk
In Ligia Lewis’ minor matter the stage is striped bare to explore the blackness of its limits. In this entanglement between architecture and embodiment, Lewis operates with dense scenic layers of sound and movement, to convey a specific discursive and affective choreographic arena: a phenomenology of anxiety and the somatization of long-term exhaustion. Engaging with affect, empathy, and the sensate, Lewis’ choreography considers the social inscriptions of the body while provoking its nuances and potentiality. As practitioners in the visual and performing arts this work reaches out to those discourses that are analytically harder to articulate the suffused boundaries between affect and energy.
Ligia Lewis works as a dancer, performer, and choreographer. Her work has been presented in multiple contexts including the theater, museums, and galleries. As a dancer , Lewis has performed and toured extensively for artists including Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Mette Ingv artsen, and Eszter Salamon. She has collaborated with visual artist Wu Tsang, musical artist Twin Shadow, and with the DJ collectiv e NON Worldwide. In 2015, She was awarded the Pris Jardin d’Europe for her work Sorrow Swag and, in 2017, received a Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for minor matter.