A Plot / A Scandal

Ligia Lewis

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 center 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:

  • Prelude
  • 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 ?

"In three parts, Lewis shows with powerful mime, body use, and comedy how we cannot 'plot against' scandals from the (neo)colonial history, which are furthermore legitimized by liberal theories of pioneers of capitalism, like English philosopher John Locke." - ★★★★☆, De Volkskrant

Another work by Ligia Lewis, Still not Still, is also part of SPRING 2023. A Plot / A Scandal is a natural continuation of Still not Still and other earlier works. During SPRING, Ligia will also participate in the Topic Talk black body - white gaze


Ligia Lewis (Dominican Republic, USA) works as a choreographer and dancer. Lewis’s works, often marked by expressions of physical intensity and humor, animate subjects through physical expression that disrupts normative conceptions of the body. She negotiates the ghostly traces of history, memory, and the unknown. Through choreography, she develops expressive concepts that give form to movements, speech, affects, thoughts, relations, and the bodies that hold them.

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, a Bessie Award for Outstanding Production, and more. She was also featured on the German Dance Platform shortlist in 2022 and 2018. 


Concept, choreography, artistic direction, text: Ligia Lewis

Performance: Ligia Lewis

Choreographic assistance, alternating performer: Corey Scott-Gilbert, Justin Kennedy

Research/Dramaturgy: Sarah Lewis-Cappellari

Research: Michael Tsouloukidse

Lighting design & technical direction: Joseph Wegmann

Music composition & Sound design: George Lewis Jr AKA Twin Shadow & Wynne Bennett

Voice over: George Lewis Jr AKA Twin Shadow

Sound technician: Manuel Pessoa de Lima

Set design: Ligia Lewis

Costume: SADAK

Stage technician: Şenol Şentürk, Jachya Freeth

Production & administration: Sina Kießling

Production & distribution: Nicole Schuchardt

Production assistance: 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.

Funded by: Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.


Photos used: Moritz Freudenberg



26/05/2023 19:00 tickets sold out cancelled Waiting list

27/05/2023 19:00 tickets sold out cancelled Waiting list


€17,50 / €14,50


Stadsschouwburg Utrecht Blauwe Zaal


SPRING 2023 


Duration: 80 minutes

Language: English


Be careful: use of strobic lights

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