Alma Hawkins Memorial Visiting Chair, 2019
Ligia Lewis is a choreographer and dancer. Through choreography and an embodied practice, she develops expressive concepts that give form to movements, speech, affects, thoughts, relations, utterances, and the bodies that hold them. Her choreographic work slides between the familiar and the unfamiliar. With the logic of interdependence, disorder, and play, she creates space(s) for the emergent and the indeterminate while tending to the mundane. In her work, sonic and visual metaphors meet the body, materializing the enigmatic, the poetic, and the dissonant.
Lewis works in multiple contexts, including that of the theatre and museum and her work tours internationally. She is the recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants Award (2018); a Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for minor matter (2017); a Factory Artist residency at tanzhaus nrw (2017-19); funding from the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe (2017-18); and a Prix Jardin d’ Europe from ImPulsTanz for Sorrow Swag (2015). Lewis’ stage works are managed and produced, in part, by HAU Hebbel am Ufer Theater.
Choreography, performance, and dance.