Weis’ first New York solo show, A String of Lies, is a series of vignettes featuring partnerships between technology and the human body in performance. In the opening section, later performed under the title Politicians, Weis and Annie Iobst stand in front of a live camera, their faces on a large tv screen. Mixed with prerecorded images – featuring Newt Gingrich – identities become blurred in a swirl of change and continuous transformation.
Following Politicians, Weis and Jennifer Miller perform the duet Half & Half. Ishmael Houston-Jones and Scott Heron take turns with solos. Projected onto a huge screen behind the live dancers, the images overlap, distorting both perspective and form.
In the last duet with Jennifer Monson, Weis holds a live video camera. The two performers share weight and tumble together with ease. The resulting projected image from Weis’s camera, combined with loud music, is a surprisingly violent impression of the otherwise nonviolent dancing.
Performer: Jennifer Miller
Animation: Liaizon Wakest
Dia Center for the Arts, NYC (1994 – precursor)
Movement Research at Judson Church, NYC (1994 – precursor)
P.S. 122, NYC (1995 – premiere)
City Arts – television broadcast (1995)