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Sorrow Swag (2014)


Sorrow Swag takes place in an immersive visual and auditory space. Using texts and images derived from mid 20th-century classical theater to interrogate race, authorship, gender, and grief, Sorrow Swag produces an imaginative reformulation. Thinking through the blues, this work disrupts the canonical by means of a radical othering.

With musical accompaniment by Twin Shadow, Lewis and her performer create a meticulously crafted hybrid body in a state of flux. While Samuel Beckett’s “Not I” and Jean Anouilh’s “Antigone” serve as the backbone to this work, the piece shifts from a state of flux to an “unrelenting scream,” —what Billie Whitelaw, the first literal mouth of “Not I” described as the core of her performance.  Through this unstable figure the theater is transformed. 

Ligia Lewis was awarded the Prix Jardin d’ Europe by Impulstanz (2015) for Sorrow Swag.

Concept & Choreography: Ligia Lewis

with performers: Brian Getnick, Andrew Hardwidge

Musical Arrangement: Twin Shadow (George Lewis Jr.)

Production & Distribution: HAU Hebbel am Ufer / Nicole Schuchardt

Sorrow Swag is a production by Ligia Lewis | Funded by Berlin Senate Department for Culture and EuropeWith support from Human Resources Los Angeles, ADA Studio Berlin and Pieter Space (Los Angeles). 

Other presentations include: Impulstanz, CND Centre National de la Danse, Les Subsistances, American Realness


photo: Martha Glenn

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