A Bad Spot Hurts Like Mad (20 min)

Premiered April 9-10, 16-17, 23-25, 1999 at Dixon Place, NYC
Performed by: Cathy Weis and Scott Heron

 

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Like many ideas that spark a new period of work, this one came by accident. The projector was set up by mistake so that the feed from a live camera ricocheted back upon itself, creating never-ending reflections.

In this piece, Weis created a linear narrative flow wherein sound, text and movement interweave, as one or the other comes to the fore. The video feedback effect creates a dreamy environment that suggests looking back through time.

Weis collaborated with performer Scott Heron over the course of several years to develop Bad Spot. After they completed the work during a residency at Bennington College, they sent a video to composer Zeena Parkins. She then composed the score to the video, in much the same way that a movie soundtrack is created.

 

Performance history:
 
Dixon Place, NYC (1999 – premiere)
The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA (1999)
The Kitchen, NYC (2001)
Scripps College, CA (2001)
Colorado College, CO (2001)
Temple University, PA (2001)
Dance Theater Workshop, NYC (2005)
Wesleyan University, CT (2005)
The Flynn Theater, Burlington, VT (2005)
VSA North Fourth Art Center, Albuquerque, NM (2006)
ICA/Boston, MA (2007)