Ligia Lewis

Still Not Still

Dance
Centre Pompidou
octoberoct 23 – 26
Points communs – Théâtre 95
novembernov 12 – 13
1/3

French premiere

1h30

Prices € 8 to € 18
Subscribers € 8 to € 14

Centre Pompidou

Wednesday october 23

20h00

Thursday october 24

20h00

Friday october 25

20h00

Saturday october 26

20h00

Points communs – Théâtre 95

Tuesday november 12

20h00

Wednesday november 13

20h00

Concept, choreography and direction Ligia Lewis. Text Ligia Lewis in collaboration with the performers. Performance Boglárka Börcsök, Darius Dolatyari-Dolatdoust, Corey-Scott Gilbert, Cassie Augusta Jørgensen, Justin Kennedy, Nasheeka Nedsreal, (Jolie Ngemi), Damian Rebgetz. Dramaturgy Maja Zimmermann. Outside eye Dragana Bulut. Lighting design & technical direction Joseph Wegmann. Set design Claudia Besuch (Gali). Costume Marta Martino. Sound design and composition S. McKenna. Acoustic and electric guitar Joey Gavin. Assistance Lissa-Johanna Volquartz. Sound technician (tour) Max Eilbacher, Neda Sanai. Stage technician (tour) Şenol Şentürk, Jachya Freeth. Production management Hannes Frey, Vera Laube (HAU Hebbel am Ufer). Touring & distribution Nicole Schuchardt. 

Production Ligia Lewis ; HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) 
Coproduction Tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf) ; Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain (Lausanne) ; Tanzquartier Wien GmbH ; Black Box teater (Oslo) ; Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER vzw (Gand) ; Theaterhaus Gessnerallee (Zürich) ; Tramway (Glasgow)
Funded by the Office of the Capital Cultural Fund (Berlin)

The Centre Pompidou, Points communs – Nouvelle scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise et du Val d’Oise and the Festival d’Automne à Paris present this show in co-realisation.

In Still Not Still, choreographer Ligia Lewis pursues her exploration into the silences and shadows of history. In this piece, the performers play out a score over and over again, the burlesque dimension of which makes it all the more tragic.

On a stage shrouded in darkness, seven characters, each indifferent to the suffering of the others, re-enact their deaths over and over again. Could it be that what we are watching is seven artists from diverse backgrounds each of whom is desperate to break free from the characteristics attributed to them and to escape their predefined roles? Accompanied by the distorted flow of a lament by Guillaume de Machaut, their performance is an edgy one, shifting between the absurd and deadpan humour. From the protagonists to the decor, the play slowly gives rise to a fascinating range of bright colours that owe as much to the American heartland as to the paintings of the Middle Ages. Is it possible to abandon to the past a history which is riddled with bad faith and shortcomings, and then put it to sleep and expose it like a corpse which is devoid of reason? What about if we laid to rest this fallible and insufficient history which has been over-determined by its conquerors, what would happen? These are the questions upon which Ligia Lewis's Still Not Still hinges. She brings us a thrilling, grotesque and macabre show which shifts between minimalist and baroque. It brings us face to face with our own conceptions of subjectivity and humanity.

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