An Abondanza in the Air — a collaboration with Lisa Nelson

Premiered June 2-4, 1990 at Ethnic Folk Arts, NYC
Concept, performance, camera, editing, sound and lighting by: Lisa Nelson and Cathy Weis

 

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Over the course of thirty years, Lisa Nelson and Cathy Weis developed a form of video-dance puppetry. Their collaborative work, An Abondanza in the Air, synchronizes the movement of these two live performers, with 2 small black and white battery operated television sets.

The two sets receive broadcast signals from a corner in the room. Weis and Nelson recorded the images so that, when played in performance, the onscreen actions synthesize with the movement of the tvs in three dimensional space. Thus a trapeze artist appears to fly through the room as the performers swing the television sets through the air.

Abondanza takes a familiar and passive activity – watching television – and turns it into a dreamlike experience. One dancer lifts a tv along the front surface of her body. The screen shows the x-ray image of her feet, leg and pelvic bones. It is as though the image on the screen is reality. She stops the monitor at her heart, which has become an iceberg breaking up in the warming sea.

Performance history:

Simone Forti’s Studio (1989 – precursor)
The Twining Gallery, NYC (1989 – precursor)
Ethnic Folk Arts, NYC (1990 – premiere)
School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1991)
EDDC, Arnhem, The Netherlands (1991)
P.S. 122, NYC (1991)
Osnabrük, Germany (1992)
Bennington College, VT (1997)
Dance Theater Workshop, NYC (2002)
MadBrook Farm Studio, East Charleston, VT (2005)