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Winningstad Theatre

Ligia Lewis

Water Will (in Melody)

Water Will (in Melody) is a devised choreographic work for four performers, using melodrama as a point of departure. Wrestling with language and notions of 'the will,' this dystopian fantasy becomes a space for negotiating desire, imagination, and feelings of an encroaching end. Unfolding with playful inventiveness, a wet and cavernous landscape becomes host to a fiction that invites instability, recreation, and catastrophe.

Lewis initiates this world in which voice, gesture, touch and movement, flow like waves—both gentle and turbulent. Through the language of mimesis, four performers engage with the porousness of the theater by producing a fantastical materiality translucent to its metaphoric and symbolic weight. Surrendering to the possibilities of the haptic, sense gets un-done to get re-done, paving the way for an 'othered' organization of sight and touch. Through this process of alienation, exteriorization, and materialization, this melodrama touches the borders of its own making, giving life to both the emotional landscape of its protagonists as well as to the theater itself. Water Will (in Melody) completes Lewis’s trilogy, preceded by minor matter in red and Sorrow Swag in blue.

Ligia Lewis is a dancer and choreographer. She has worked in multiple contexts, including those of the theatre and museum. Engaging with affect, empathy, and the sensate, her choreography considers the social inscriptions of the body while evoking its potentiality. Her work can be described as experientially rich and complex. Within her practice, Lewis continues to provoke the nuances of embodiment. In 2017, Lewis was awarded a Bessie for Outstanding Production for her latest stage work, minor matter and was awarded the Prix Jardin d’Europe for her work Sorrow Swag. In 2018 she was granted a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award in the field of dance. Both her stage works—minor matter (2016) preceded by Sorrow Swag (2014)—continue to tour internationally.

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's Time-Based Art Festival 

PICA’s 17th Annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) gathers artists and audiences from around the world for ten days of contemporary performance, music, visual art, film, workshops, lectures, food, drink, conversation, and celebration. Be present in the moment when anything can happen.


Winningstad Theatre : Upcoming Events


The PICA 2019 TBA Festival presents Ligia Lewis'  Water Will (in Melody) at the Portland'5...

Showing: 09/06 - 09/08

The PICA 2019 TBA Festival presents Ahamefule J. Oluo's Susan at the Portland'5 Winningstad...

Showing: 09/13 - 09/14

Voss Events presents international celebrity air hostess Pam Ann at the Portland'5 Winningstad Theatre on...

Showing: 09/27

PDX Jazz presents Rebecca Kilgore, Nancy King, Veronica Swift: A Night of Jazz Vocalese at the Winningstad...

Showing: 10/03

Stumptown Stages presents West Side Story at the Portland'5 Winningstad Theatre October 10–27, 2019.

Showing: 10/10 - 10/27

Siamak Shirazi & Babak Amini perform jazz, flamenco, and contemporary Persian music at the Winningstad...

Showing: 11/02