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Water Will (in Melody)  2018


Water Will (in Melody) is a devised choreographic work for four performers, using melodrama as a point of departure. Wrestling with language and notions of “the will”, this dystopian fantasy becomes a space for negotiating desire, imagination, and feelings of an encroaching end. Unfolding with playful inventiveness, a wet and cavernous landscape becomes host to a fiction that invites instability, recreation, and catastrophe.

Lewis creates a world with four performers, in which voice, gesture, touch and movement,  flow like waves––both gentle and turbulent. Through the language of mimesis, four performers engage with the porousness of the theater by producing a fantastical-like materiality translucent to its metaphoric and symbolic weight. Surrendering to the possibilities of the haptic, sense gets un-done to get re-done, paving way for an-“othered” organization of sight and touch. Through this process of alienation, exteriorization, and materialization, this melodrama touches the borders of its own making giving life to both the emotional landscape of its protagonists as well as to the theater itself.  

Water Will (in Melody) completes Lewis’s trilogy, preceded by minor matter in red and Sorrow Swag in blue.  

Production: Ligia Lewis / HAU Hebbel am Ufer

Co-production: Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2018 / Centre D’Art Contemporain (Genève), tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), Arsenic Centre d'art scénique contemporain (Lausanne), donaufestival (Krems), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis)

Concept & Choreography/Direction: Ligia Lewis

in creation with perfomers:  Susanne Sachsse, Dani Brown, Titilayo Adebayo

replacement:  Jolie Ngemi

Dramaturgy: Maja Zimmermann

Sound design: S. McKenna

Light design: Ariel Efraim Ashbel

Technical director & light technician: Catalina Fernandez

Stage design: Eike Böttcher

Costume design: sowrong studio

Assistant: Gilad Bendavid, Carina Zox

Production management: HAU Artist Office / Sabine Seifert

Touring & distribution: HAU Artist Office / Nicole Schuchardt

Funded by: Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe

Supported by: Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC)

Thanks to: Jarrett Gregory for residency support and Ahmad Larnes for production support

photo credit:  Maria Baranova, film credit:  Moritz Freudenberg

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