Ligia Lewis: Water Will (in Melody)
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Ligia Lewis: Water Will (in Melody)

Two dancers on the ground, one standing with arm raised, on a black stage with brick wall background.
Ligia Lewis: Water Will (in Melody). Photo: Katja Illner.

Walker Commission

“Like the best science fiction, Lewis’s work is most successful in its insistence that the spare can be made spectacular.” —Artforum

Four performers delve into a deconstructed landscape of water in this dark, theatrical meditation on showbiz, the surreal, sensuality, and the end of times. Created by Berlin-based/US choreographer Ligia Lewis, a rising star in Europe’s world of performance, the work quickly departs from gothic melodrama to poetically wrestle with the concept of “will.” Deploying an ingenious movement vocabulary with song, text, and a string of pearls, the performers unpack gender and race, hopelessness and potential, alienation and belonging.

Contains mature content.
Program length: 60 minutes.

On Thursday, join the artists for a meet and greet in the Cityview Bar after the performance. On Friday, stay for a Q&A with the artists.

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  • Water Will (in Melody) is produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), with co-production support provided by Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2018 / Centre D’Art Contemporain (Genève), tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), Arsenic Centre d’art scénique contemporain (Lausanne), donaufestival (Krems) and Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich) and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis). Support for the Walker’s presentation is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund.