Ligia Lewis Berlin, Germany

A Plot / A Scandal

Berlin, Germany

A plot exposed, a foul deed enacted invites scandal. In the spirit of revolution or romantic musings, scandals provoke an imagining of the impossible. Utopian or mundane, how might scandal reveal what lies unwittingly close to our fantasies? And how does it expose where society places its limits? If life is a scandal waiting to be plotted, how do we position ourselves within its matrix? Immoral and lacking propriety, scandals are incidents where fantasy and pleasure take centre stage. Guided by the questions of whom this pleasure is for and at what expense, Lewis’s new plot explores the stage where scandals abound. Weaving together historical, anecdotal, political, and mythical narratives – ranging from an interest in the Enlightenment thinker John Locke, Maria Olofa (Wolofa) in the slave revolt of Santo Domingo in 1521, Cuban artist and revolutionary José Aponte, and Lewis’s great grandmother, a figure Lewis turns to within her plot as a guide of resistance − the choreographer constructs the poetics of refusal at the edges of representation. A dance between affect and embodiment, seeing and being seen. “A Plot/A Scandal”, a performance that marks Ligia Lewis’s return to Santarcangelo after the presentation of “minor matter” in 2018 – is a scene in the making where the excitement for that which does not fit might find its place.

The work unfolds through the following parts:
Plot 1 John Locke
Plot 2 Rebellion
Intermezzo: John Locke cleans up his mess
Plot 3: Story of Lolon / fuck up the plot
Outro: Repair ?


Ligia Lewis works as a choreographer and dancer. In her work, sonic and visual metaphors meet the body, materialising the enigmatic, the poetic, and the dissonant. Lewis’s work continues to evoke the nuances of embodiment. Her work was presented in multiple venues across Europe and the US. She was managed and produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer Theater from 2017 until 2021 and was a tanzhaus nrw factory artist from 2017 until 2019. She is the recipient of the Tabori Award in the category of Distinction, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants Award, and a Bessie Award for Outstanding Production.




ideazione, coreografia, direzione artistica, testo Ligia Lewis
performance Ligia Lewis
assistenza coreografica, performer Corey Scott-Gilbert, Justin Kennedy
ricerca, drammaturgia Sarah Lewis-Cappellari
ricerca Michael Tsouloukidse
lighting design, direzione tecnica Joseph Wegmann
musiche, sound design George Lewis Jr AKA Twin Shadow & Wynne Bennett
voce fuori campo George Lewis Jr AKA Twin Shadow
tecnico del suono Neda Sanai, Max Eilbacher
scenografia Ligia Lewis
costumi SADAK
tecnici di scena Jachya Freeth, Şenol Şentürk
produzione e amministrazione Sina Kießling
produzione e distribuzione Nicole Schuchardt
assistente di produzione Julia Leonhardt

con il supporto di NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ International Guest Performance Fund for Dance finanziato da Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

progetto realizzato con il supporto di Goethe-Institut Mailand, promosso dal Ministero Federale degli Affari Esteri delle Repubblica Federale di Germania

in collaborazione con Comune di Rimini

© Moritz Freudenberg