Baryshnikov Arts Center

Past Artist
Baryshnikov Arts Center Resident Artist

Ligia Lewis

Choreographer Ligia Lewis (Berlin) will use melodrama as a point of departure for Water Will (in Melody), a devised choreographic work for three performers. Symbolically and playfully referential, the dance moves through myriad meanings and identifications, carrying with it a paradox of imagery and imagination. This is the final installment of Lewis’ triptych, beginning with Sorrow Swag and followed by minor matter, the work concludes with a critique of social mourning.

BAC Space Resident Artist


Artist Bio
Ligia Lewis

Ligia Lewis

Ligia Lewis is a choreographer and dancer. She creates affective choreographies while interrogating the metaphors and social inscriptions of the body. Her work is deeply personal and can be described as experientially rich and complex. Within her practice, Lewis continues to provoke the nuances of embodiment.

Her choreographies include: Sensation 1, $$$, Sorrow SwagMelancholy: A White Mellow Drama, and minor matter. Lewis was awarded the Prix Jardin d’ Europe for Sorrow Swag and nominated for a NY Dance and Performance Bessie Award for minor matter. Her work has been presented in multiple contexts including Hebbel am Ufer Theater, Berlin; Tate Modern, London; Donau Festival, Krems; Abrons Arts Center/American Realness, NYC; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Impulstanz, Vienna; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Centre National de la Danse, Paris; Les Subsistances, Lyon; Kunst-Werke Berlin; NGBK gallery, Berlin; Human Resources Los Angeles, FLAX/Fahrenheit, Los Angeles; Tanzhaus, Zurich; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. She has collaborated with artists such as: Nkisi & Chino Amobi of NON WORLDWIDE, Twin Shadow, and Wu Tsang. As a dancer, she has performed for Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Eszter Salamon, Mette Ingvartsen, and Kat Valastur, among others.

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