deader than dead was a performance that developed into a film. The starting point was an investigation of deadpan, an unaffected manner that comically illustrates emotional distance. Ligia Lewis started by creating this choreography for ten dancers who she placed in a gallery. The dance was dead in its repetition, limited, as it ran from wall to wall. Due to covid, she had to reduce the cast to four performers, and switched to a more theatrical presentation. In this new work, the dancers use Macbeth’s concluding monologue (“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow”), which reflects on repetition and meaninglessness.
The various sections illustrate or parody death, stagnation and emptiness. deader than dead deals with black and brown experience, it is about time that goes into a loop and how touch can be both acts of care and of violence. The work is structured as a musical lament. Nevertheless, Lewis presents her gloomy theme with a healthy dose of humor.
Ligia Lewis is a Berlin based choreographer and dancer. She has previously visited Black Box teater with minor matters. Her performance Still Not Still is also presented during Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival 2022.