Dance With Me (20 min)

Premiered March 7-8, 2014 at VSA North Fourth Art Center in Albuquerque, NM
Performed by: Buen Viaje dancers Theo Arellano, Grace Chacon, Bradd Howard, Megan Lenihan-Sisty, Cindy Luna, Jason Luna, Sammy Maldonado, Lydia Peterson, Diana Phillips, Tonya Rivera, Ryan Ruiz, April Steele, Sarah Wilson, and Bill Zimmer, with Cathy Weis, musician Lee Free and performer Ashley Brockington

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VSA North Fourth Art Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico commissioned Weis to develop and premiere two new works in 2014. She collaborated with members of Buen Viaje, a mixed ability dance company that performs original choreography and presents participatory workshops for audiences of all ages and abilities throughout New Mexico and around the US.

In Dance With Me, the second new work on the program, Weis, holding a small camera, two-steps with dancer April Steele. The images are all in close up. Fingers wiggle and feet step, tap, shuffle with one dancer’s elaborate pedicure in sharp focus. Perspective suddenly flips as the camera points upwards, catching dancers under chin, stage lights high above. New partners cut in, bringing new rhythms and new steps to the stage and screen.

Weis, with her camera, serves as partner and observer, group member and commentator. The tightly zoomed image brings new context to movement and mobility. In contrast, My Name Is…, the companion piece to Dance With Me, keeps the camera at a wide angle, presenting each dancer in full figure. The two pieces work together to recognize the individuality and vitality in each performer.