Ligia Lewis’ ‘Water Will’ Premieres in LA

Ligia Lewis in Water Will (in Melody). Photo by Maria Baranova
Ligia Lewis in "Water Will (in Melody)." Photo by Maria Baranova

Critically-lauded choreographer and performer Ligia Lewis completes her trilogy of performances pieces with Water Will (In Melody) at REDCAT, CalArts’ downtown center for contemporary arts from September 12 to 15 this fall. The work is preceded by her other works minor matter (seen at REDCAT in January 2018) and Sorrow Swag for which she was awarded the Prix Jardin d’Europe in 2014.

In Water Will, Lewis employs melodrama and source material culled from the oeuvre of the Brothers Grimm to explore notions of “the will” in a dystopian fantasy in which she evokes feelings of an encroaching end in a wet, empty landscape with looming sensations of instability, recreation, and catastrophe.

A Dominican-born and Berlin-based dancer and choreographer, Lewis has worked in a variety of contexts — from theater to museums. In 2017, she was awarded a Bessie for Outstanding Production for her latest stage work, minor matter (2016). In 2018, she was granted a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award in the field of dance. Both works continue to tour internationally.

Lewis has performed and toured extensively for artists including Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Mette Ingvartsen, and Eszter Salamon. She has collaborated with visual artist Wu Tsang, musical artist Twin Shadow, and with the DJ collective NON Worldwide. Lewis is currently a factory artist at tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Germany.

For tickets to Ligia Lewis’ Water Will (in Melody), visit Redcat.org.

By Daedalus Howell

Daedalus Howell is the writer-director of the films Pill Head (on Amazon) and the upcoming Wolf Story. He is the author, most recently, of the novel "Quantum Deadline" and editor of The North Bay Bohemian and The Pacific Sun. Learn how he went from small-town newspaperman to a feature film director here.

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