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In Performance

In Performance: Ligia Lewis – Minor Matter (American Realness 2017)

In Performance: Ligia Lewis – Minor Matter  (American Realness 2017)

Ligia Lewis – Minor Matter (US Premier)

Sunday, January 8, 5pm – SOLD OUT*
Monday, January 9, 7pm – SOLD OUT*
Tuesday, January 10, 4pm – SOLD OUT*

Abrons Arts Center, Experimental Theater
466 Grand Street, Manhattan

Minor Matter is uncomfortable. Rage in the black body is a polarizing subject in black culture. It’s as personal as a secret. Minor Matter explores the various ways black rage manifests and how it effects the community at large. Choreographer/Performer Ligia Lewis and her collaborators Jonathan Gonazalez and Hector Thami Manekehla fuse anger with everything from the mundane to the intimate. Their movement is athletic and powerful. Sometimes you can’t tell if the performers are loving or fighting. Humor feels like a slap. The show uses a limited pallet in evocative ways. It pushes past tropes when you think it’s going to settle. In the final section of the piece, you worry for the performers safety as they climb and mount each other to collapse. This is an apt metaphor for collective anger. If not precise, what you are building topples.

Photo by Dorothea Tuch

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Terrence I Mosley is a Director/Writer born in Chicago, IL. After earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Syracuse University, he worked as an actor in some of Chicago’s most esteemed companies including Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Court Theatre, and Northlight Theatre. As a director, he has worked with the BBC, The Goodman Theatre, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He is alumni of the Professional Leadership Program at Steppenwolf and served as the School at Steppenwolf Assistant Coordinator. He is also the writer of ONE and GILBERT OR FRANK. He is currently a John Wells Directing Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. His work aims at exposing the social systems within a play in order to build healthier, more equitable systems.

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