Runs from Friday February 16 2018 to Sunday February 18 2018

Approximate running time: 1 hour


The Franco Boni Theatre
1115 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 3P4

Performance Notes

× * Available for all performances: A limited number of TAD-TARDIS Seats are available to patrons for whom it may increase accessibility. TAD-TARDIS (Tactile Audio Relative Dimension In Sound) is an eight channel tactile sound system for the body.*

In minor matter, two apparatuses are play - Blackness and the Spectacle. This second work by Dominican-born Ligia Lewis from her trilogy (BLUE, RED, WHITE). Three dancers push against the boundaries of the stage, while illustrating a humble relationship between their bodies and the space that encapsulates it.

Here, Lewis turns to the colour red to materialize thoughts between love and rage. Built on the logic of interdependence, the theatre’s parts—light, sound, image, and architecture—become entangled with the performers, giving life to a vibrant social and poetic space.

minor matter (2017 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production) unfolds multi-directionally, creating a poetics of dissonance from which questions of re-presentation, presentation, abstraction, and the limits of signification emerge. The performers get exhausted as their bodies strip the stage of its formal mystique to approach its matter—black.

“It turns out utopia is going to have to coexist with apocalypse and that both have been with us all along. Lewis’s work offers a kind of oblique blueprint for how joy, hope, anger, and despair are all always the case, using the paradigmatic fact of blackness.” - 4Columns, New York City

Concept & Choreography: Ligia Lewis
Performers: With Corey Scott-Gilbert, Ligia Lewis, Tiran Willemse (in creation with Hector Thami Manekehla, Jonathan Gonzalez)
Musical Dramaturgy: Michal Libera, Ligia Lewis
Sound Design: Jassem Hindi
Sound technician: Neda Sanai
Styling: Alona Rodeh
Lights: Andreas Harder
Dramaturgy: Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Assistance: Martha Glenn
Touring and Distribution: HAU Hebbel am Ufer / Nicole Schuchardt

minor matter is a production by Ligia Lewis in co-production with HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. Additional support provided by residencies at FD-13, PACT Zollverein, and collective address.

Canadian tour developed in association with Montréal, arts interculturels.

Curated and presented by Toronto Dance Community Love-In for Progress.

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