Installation: Time Travel with Madame Xenogamy

Premiered: April 3, 2016 at 537 Broadway/WeisAcres, NYC
Participants: Greg Corbino, Douglas Dunn and Dancers, Tyler Fairbanks, Dana Florin-Weiss, Patrick Gallagher, Davidson Gigliotti, Kevin Harrison, Kevin Lovelady, Jodi Melnick, Aaron Parsekian, Alexandra Saveanu, Agustin Schang, Saori Tsukada, Richard Kostelanetz and Cathy Weis.

The Fortune Telling Booth; Photo: Richard Termine  Fortune Teller: Saori Tsukada; Photo: Richard Termine  The Fortune Telling Booth; Photo: Richard Termine  The Fortune Telling Booth; Photo: Richard Termine  Performers: Douglas Dunn and Dancers; Photo: Richard Termine  Performers: Douglas Dunn and Dancers; Photo: Richard Termine  Performers: Douglas Dunn and Dancers; Photo: Richard Termine  Performers: Douglas Dunn and Dancers; Photo: Richard Termine  Audience watching performers through the courtyard; Photo: Richard Termine  Performer: Kevin Lovelady; Photo: Richard Termine  Rooms between rooms; Photo: Richard Termine  The Emily Harvey Gallery as part of "Time Travel with Madame Xenogamy"; Photo: Richard Termine  The Emily Harvey Gallery as part of "Time Travel with Madame Xenogamy"; Photo: Richard Termine  Performers: Jodi Melnick, Saori Tsukada; Photo: Richard Termine  Performers: Cathy Weis, Dana Florin-Weiss, Jodi Melnick; Photo: Richard Termine  Performers: Cathy Weis, Jodi Melnick; Photo: Richard Termine  Performers: Cathy Weis, Dana Florin-Weiss, Jodi Melnick; Photo: Richard Termine

 

In March 2015, Weis launched the first of a series of installations at WeisAcres that would eventually take over the entire building at 537 Broadway. Time Travel with Madame Xenogamy is the second iteration.

Xenogamy means cross-pollination. The audience moved from room to room, looking at different dances in different spaces and configurations. In one room, a fortuneteller could read your future by looking to the past and gazing into a crystal ball at dances gone by. In another room, audiences gazed through windows across a courtyard to view dances in other spaces, performed by Douglas Dunn and Dancers. Through another door, performers danced in close quarters to observers.

As the distance between dancers and viewers changed – be it over time or space – the audience was challenged to reconsider not only how they see dance and how proximity and context shape what they see, but also how nearness and distance affect their appreciation.

Fortune Teller: Saori Tsukada

 

Performance history:
Sundays on Broadway, WeisAcres, NYC (2016 – premiere)
Sundays on Broadway, WeisAcres, NYC (2016)
Sundays on Broadway, WeisAcres, NYC (2016)