mouth … . out … into this world … this world … tiny little thing … before its time … in a godfor– … what? . . girl? . . yes … tiny little girl … into this … out into this … before her time …
SOLO FOR PETER (documentation from 1st showing @ Pieter Performance Art Space, Los Angeles 01.03.2014)
"Solo For Pieter" was devised from the adaptations of two plays: “Antigone” by Jean Anouilh and “Not I” by Samuel Beckett. Through their translations, both Antigone and Billie Whitelaw (the mouth of Not I) emerge as emblems of conviction and embodiment. They form the backbone of the performance along with additional insertions from the writings of Simone Weil and Chris Kraus.
I am particularly engaged in the study of embodiment, a practice I used with performance artist Brian Getnick to create in him a meticulously crafted hybrid body and a state of flux. Getnick and I worked to go beyond satire, to fully embody the instability of a being that maintains itself through his apparent desire to become “other”. Through this state, the voices of Antigone and Beckett’s muse Billie Whitelaw, emerge and the stage becomes a platform for one body to wrestle with conviction, empathy, and suffering.
Concept/Direction: Ligia Manuela Lewis Performance: Brian Getnick Music: George Lewis Jr.
*this performance was made possible with the support from the Berlin Senat (tanzstipendien), and a residency at Pieter Performance Art Space (Los Angeles)