Premiered November 1-5, 1993 at the European Dance Development Center, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Performed by: Ishmael Houston-Jones, Carla Notenboom, Rustyna Edwards, Lene Boel, Manuela Cipriano, Gorm Neergaard Jespersen, Bina Holder, Lydia Müller, Eleonora Allerdings, Regina Buchshartner, Stephen Jürgens
In 1993, Weis was commissioned to create her first full show during a three-month residency in The Netherlands. This ambitious piece contains many ideas, elements, and set-ups that Weis has deconstructed and incorporated into other shows over the next twenty years.
Weis commissioned video artist Tony Carruthers to design four rolling carts that fit together like a puzzle with multiple solutions. Each cart carries one tv monitor – some small, some large. Weis’ video images synchronize with the movement of these structures as the performers roll them through the space. At times, the images align forming splintered figures. A larger than life belly dancer, her limbs isolated on different monitors, gyrates to an impossibly disconnected rhythm.
At other times, the carts form a jungle gym over which the performers crawl and climb. As the carts separate and reconfigure, the images are dismantled. Bodies are yanked apart, scattering across the stage. The images made by the live performers and video together, dissolve into startling new shapes, apparitions and visual rhythms.