Ligia Lewis works as a choreographer and dancer. Her affectively charged choreographies move across the fields of dance, theater, and visual art. Troubling the stage and the body as sites of stable representation, Lewis unsettles their edges by inviting frictions and ruptures into her creative process. The resulting experientially-rich works employ interdependence, disorder, and play. Lewis’s recent performance trilogy includes Water Will (in Melody) (2018), a gothic tale set in black and white; minor matter (2016), a poetic work illuminated by red; and Sorrow Swag (2014), presented in a saturated blue.
For the High Line, Lewis expands her solo work Sensation 1 into an hour-long performance for six dancers, scored by Twin Shadow. The figure of a vocalist who holds her concluding note forms the basis for Sensation 1/This Interior. Lewis stretches this climactic moment into a sustained articulation of feeling and affect across multiple bodies. An ecstatic choreographed form emerges, dissolving the singular gesture of the iconic pop diva into a collective experience.
Ligia Lewis (b. 1983, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Lewis is the recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants Award (2018); a residency from the Baryshnikov Arts Center (2018); a Factory Artist residency at tanzhaus nrw (2017 – 2019); funding from the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe (2017 – 2018); a Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for minor matter (2017); and a Prix Jardin d’ Europe from ImPulsTanz for Sorrow Swag (2015). Lewis is currently managed and produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer Theater in Berlin.
Lead support for High Line Art comes from Amanda and Don Mullen. Major support for High Line Art is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, and Charina Endowment Fund. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson.