minor matter, performed by three dancers, is the second part of Ligia Lewis’ ‘Blue, Red, White’ trilogy. Two discursive apparatuses are at play – blackness and the spectacle. The work unfolds multi-directionally, creating a poetics of dissonance from which questions of representation, presentation, abstraction, and the limits of signification emerge.

Throughout the choreography the performers push their bodies against the boundaries of the stage, while simultaneously illustrating a humble relationship between their bodies and the space that encapsulates it. The performers get exhausted as their bodies strip the stage of its formal mystique to approach its matter – black.

Built on the logic of interdependence, the theater’s parts – light, sound, image, and architecture – become entangled with the three performers, giving life to a vibrant social and poetic space. In this work, Lewis turns to the color red to materialize thoughts between love and rage. In minor matter the three bodies become animated in different ways and arrive by the end in an impossible desire to be nothing.

You can read Hannah Black's thoughts on the work on 4Columns.

Trailer for minor matter:


See also Ligia Lewis' interview (includes excerpts from the performance):


Festival performance

Concept and choreography Ligia Lewis
Performers Ligia Lewis, Hector Thami Manekehla, Tiran Willemse
Musical Dramaturgy Michal Libera, Ligia Lewis
Sound design Jassem Hindi
Styling Alona Rodeh
Lights Andreas Harder
Dramaturgy Ariel Efraim Ashbel
Assistance Martha Glenn
Touring and distribution HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin / Nicole Schuchardt
Photo Doro Tuch

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.

Ligia Lewis' visit is supported by Goethe-Institut Finnland.

Post-performance discussion on Feb 10.

Duration 60 min

Tickets 27,50/20,50/16,50 €