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DIG 21: Ligia Lewis | Still Not Still

DIG 21: Ligia Lewis | Still Not Still

DIG 21: Ligia Lewis | Still Not Still

Tramway

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Dates and times

Saturday 9 October 2021
7:00PM - 8:30PM

Saturday 9 October, 7pm to 8.30pm 

A choreographic composition for seven performers dealing with the centuries-old and ongoing exclusions of black and non-white people from the historical record.

'It is reasonable to situate the world on the verge of sense and NON-sense.
You go round and round and fall on the ground.
What is the remedy for bad fate? What is deader than dead?'
(Ligia Lewis)

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” - 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'. Lewis designs a world outside of time in which dark gaps are tracked down and stasis is set in motion with the creative power of fictionalisation. Given history is fallible and insufficient, and overdetermined by its victors, what might emerge once it is laid to rest? “Still Not Still” takes shape as a prolonged lamento and offers a musical-performative reclamation, as a formal response to history.

Short film and Q&A with Ligia Lewis (online)

As part of this co-commission, short film 'Still Not Still (scenes for a camera)' by Ligia Lewis and Moritz Freudenberg is available to view online from 13–27 October.

A specially recorded Q&A with Ligia Lewis is also available online from 13–27 October.

The film is captioned.


Audience notes
This performance contains flashing lights, nudity, aggressive confrontation and sexual suggestion.

Recommended for ages 16+

Access 
Particularly good for Subpacs
Highly Visual / No or Little Text

A Tramway co-commission

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Tramway

Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE

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