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Ligia Lewis

Still Not Still
18.02 - 19.02

  A dark humoristic performance musical 

Full of dark humour and surrealist imagery, Ligia Lewis’ ‘Still Not Still’ evokes with poetic force a unique theatrical language, disrupting any fantasy of historical progress. The choreographic composition for seven performers deals with the centuries-old and ongoing exclusions of black and non-white people from the historical record. Can a history full of bad faith, gaps, and holes, particularly for those that fall outside its purview, be left to the past?

Inspired by the image of an 8th century Black Madonna in Italy as well as a 14th century French “complainte” (lament), ‘Still Not Still’ addresses these voids as “lacuna” – a dark cave – that have given those of us outside the privileges of white identity an ignorant self. She turns to the dark cave of the theatre space and negotiates the past within it to make another future possible. At the same time tragedy and comedy, the dance piece makes use of the playful, expressionless expressivity and dry, black comedy of “deadpan”.  A musical-performative reclamation, as a formal response to history.

With aftertalk on Sat 19.02. Dramaturge Kopano Maroga continues to talk about the performance with Ligia Lewis. 


Fri 18 & Sat 19.02 (+aftertalk) - 20:00 De Vooruit Theaterzaal
PODIUM / dance
€18 / 14 
English spoken
120 min.


concept, choreography & artistic direction: Ligia Lewis - performance: Boglárka Börcsök, Darius Dolatyari-Dolatdoust, Corey-Scott Gilbert, Cassie Augusta Jørgensen, Justin Kennedy, 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 & composition: S. McKenna - acoustic & electric guitar: Joey Gavin - assistance: Lissa-Johanna Volquartz - stage technician (tour): Şenol Şentürk - production management: Hannes Frey (HAU Hebbel am Ufer) - production assistance: Vera Laube (HAU Hebbel am Ufer) - touring & distribution: Nicole Schuchardt - production: Ligia Lewis / HAU Hebbel am Ufer - co-production: tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), Arsenic Centre d'art scénique contemporain (Lausanne), Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna), Black Box teater (Oslo), Arts Centre Voo?uit (Ghent), Gessnerallee (Zürich) & Dance International Glasgow / Tramway - funded by: Capital Cultural Fund (Berlin)