Still Not Still

Ligia Lewis

Can a history full of bad faith and gaps be left to the past? Can history die? Since history is fallible, and often determined by the victors, what might emerge when it is laid to rest?

In Still Not Still, choreographer and dancer Ligia Lewis deals with the heavy history of black and non-Western communities. The exclusion of these groups in the past  is covered in a dance full of dark humor and surrealist imagery. Seven performers play in a world at a standstill, in which the fantasy of historical progress is critically looked at. Lewis reflects on the past and presence of non-white and non-western heroes in the global narrative still led by the European point of view.

She highlights the shameful straight lines from the hidden scandal of the colonial past, to the contemporary scandal of everyday reality disclosed by the BLM movement. She confronts the audience with our illusions about a „post-class” and „post-race” contemporary society. Lewis speaks straight from the middle of the so-called progressive West, and her diagnosis is directed straight onto the people around her, exposing everyday hypocrisy, and knocking us out from our liberal comfort.

“By invoking the world of the dead and reintegrating it into our present, Lewis creates a fictional-performative alternative world, which defies discrimination and degradation. It is at once a wild celebration, a ritual, and a melancholic lament” - Andrej Mirčev,

"The dancers seem imprisoned in history which keeps repeating itself, which cannot be overcome. It troubles, it chafes, it screams. This is where Still Not Still steals your breath." - Iris Spanbroek, de Theaterkrant

 At SPRING 2023, Ligia Lewis presents not one, but two works. A Plot / A Scandal plays after Still Not Still, on the 26th and 27th of May. 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, direction: Ligia Lewis

In process with and performance by: Boglárka Börcsök, Darius Dolatyari-Dolatdoust,

Corey-Scott Gilbert, Cassie Augusta Jørgensen, Justin Kennedy, Jolie Ngemi/Ligia Lewis,

Damian Rebgetz

Dramaturgy: Maja Zimmermann

Outside Eye: Dragana Bulut

Lighting design & technical direction: Joseph Wegmann

Set design: Claudia Besuch (Gali)

Costume: Marta Martino

Sound design & composition: S. McKenna

Acoustic & electric guitar: Joey Gavin

Assistance: Lissa-Johanna Volquartz


Sound technician (tour): Manuel Pessoa de Lima

Stage technician (tour): Şenol Şentürk

Production management: Hannes Frey, Vera Laube (HAU Hebbel am Ufer)

Administration (tour): Sina Kießling, Julia Leonhardt

Touring & distribution: Nicole Schuchardt

Production: Ligia Lewis / HAU Hebbel am Ufer

Co-production: tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), Arsenic - Centre d'art scénique contemporain

(Lausanne), Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna), Black Box Theater (Oslo), Kunstencentrum

VIERNULVIER (Ghent), Gessnerallee (Zürich), Dance International Glasgow / Tramway

Funded by: Capital Cultural Fund (Berlin)


Photos used: Moritz Freudenberg and Brian Hartley



25/05/2023 20:30 tickets sold out cancelled Waiting list


€25,- / €17,50


Stadsschouwburg Utrecht Grote Zaal


SPRING 2023 


Duration: 95 minutes

Language: English


Strobic lights will happen. 

Besides single tickets, SPRING also offers passe-partouts for the whole festival and daypasses for Fri 19, Sat 20, Sun 21, Fri 26, and Sat 27 May.


SPRING passe-partout