A Plot / A Scandal
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 Jose 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 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 ?
Concept, choreography, direction and text: Ligia Lewis
Performance: Ligia Lewis / Choreographic assistance, alternating performer: Corey Scott-Gilbert, Justin Kennedy / Investigation, dramaturgy: Sarah Lewis-Cappellari / Investigation: Michael Tsouloukidze
Lighting design and technology: Joseph Wegmann / Music composition and sound design: George Lewis Jr AKA Twin Shadow & Wynne Bennett / Voice over: George Lewis Jr AKA Twin Shadow / Sound engineering: Max Eilbacher, Neda Sana / Set design: Ligia Lewis / Costume: SADAK / Stage technology: Jachya Freeth, Şenol Şentürk / Production and administration: Sina Kiessling / Production and distribution: Nicole Schuchardt / Production assistant: Julia Leonhardt / Production: Ligia Lewis / Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) , Ruhrtriennale, Arsenic - Centre d'art scénique contemporain (Lausanne), Tanzquartier Wien, Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER (Gent), Kaserne Basel, The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis MN)
With the residency support of Callie's, O Espaço do Tempo.
Supported by: the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Founded by Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe
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.
From the Throat to the Dawn
A place emerges, holding us as a whole at the same time as many intimate, social, political fragments.
An affective landscape envelops us in the skin of a futuristic fantasy awaiting a belated renaissance.
A place where we are not just political concepts, but emotional landscapes that slowly morphs those they look at. Where the skin is as thick as a body itself and as fragile as the liminal of two screams. Where our bodies of rage - our transformative power-create a substance of tear, sweat and voice to quench the earth's thirst.
Artistic direction: Sorour Darabi
Guest artists: Lune, Ellen Söderhult, Escarleth Romo Pozo
Music composition and live music performance by: Pablo Altar, Detente
Scenography: Alicia Zaton on an original idea of Sorour Darabi, in collaboration with local company/provider
Light design: Shaly Lopez
Production: Deep Dawn aka Mi-Mai
Production and tour management: Lynda Rahal / Performance co-produced & premiered at Palais de Tokyo Paris, in the frame of La Manutention residency & Trauma Bar Und Kino
Sorour Darabi is an Iranian choreographer who lives and works in France since 2013. Very active in Iran, he is part of the underground association ICCD whose Untimely festival (Tehran) hosted his works before his departure for France. In 2013, he joined the Master Exerce at ICI-CCN in Montpellier, from which he graduated in 2015. In this context, he created the solo Subject to Change, a performance that questions transformation through time and in cohabitation with the environment. Since then, he created Farci.e, a solo dealing with notions of language, gender identity and sexuality; Savušun, premiered in 2018, is an ode to affection, vulnerability, and affected beings, which draws inspiration from Muharram's mourning ceremonies and addresses the issue of emotions: grief, fear, and suffering.
In 2021, in response to a commission from the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, he created Mowgli inspired by the jungle as an infinite territory at the crossroads of contemporary myths. In 2021, he created Natural Drama, the result of research initiated in 2018, which questions the notion of “Nature”. In November 2022 on a residency “La Manutention” at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, he organized a tribology; 3 nights 3 shows around figure of Scheherazade; the last night was dedicated to a durational performance “From the Throat to the Dawn”. Sorour is currently working on his first group show: Mille et Une Nuits, a contemporary opera for Montpellier Dance festival in 2024. His plays have been shown in many theaters and festivals in France and abroad.
Sorour Darabi regularly gives workshops for advanced or professional artists / dancers, the last of which took place in Berlin at Trauma Bar Und Kino in January 2023.