Electric Haiku

Premiered November 21 – December 1, 2002 at Dance Theater Workshop, NYC
Performed by: Scott HeronZane FrazerKsenia Vidyaykina, Parnell Klug with Cathy Weis, Jonathan Berger and Steve Hamilton

 

Collage: Cronenberg for The New Yorker Performers: Jonathan Berger, Weis<br>Photo: Richard Termine Performer: Scott Heron<br>Photo: Richard Termine Performer: Scott Heron<br>Photo: Richard Termine Performer: Ksenia Vidyaykina<br>Photo: Richard Termine Performer: Ksenia Vidyaykina<br>Photo: Richard Termine Performer: Scott Heron<br>Photo: Richard Termine Performer: Scott Heron<br>Photo: Richard Termine Performer: Scott Heron<br>Photo: Richard Termine Performer: Ksenia Vidyaykina<br>Photo: Richard Termine Performer: Ksenia Vidyaykina<br>Photo: Richard Termine Performer: Ksenia Vidyaykina<br>Photo: Richard Termine Performer: Ksenia Vidyaykina<br>Animation: Phil Marden<br>Photo: Richard Termine Performer: Scott Heron<br>Screen Capture: Weis Performer: Scott Heron<br>Screen Capture: Weis Performer: Scott Heron<br>Screen Capture: Weis Performer: Zane Frazer<br>Photo: Richard TermineStoryboard: Weis Storyboard: Weis Storyboard: Weis

Weis uses video components to create a surreal context for each poem, distorting perspective, overlapping images and warping time. In the first haiku a performer lies in profile, stomach-down on a low table and looking forward into a camera inches from his face. The huge image of his face is projected onto a large screen behind him. As the live performer inches back along the table and away from the camera, the face on the screen becomes smaller and smaller, his arms and then hands come into view clutching at the table, and he appears to be a man dangling from an 18th story window.

Foley artist Steve Hamilton provided live sound effects for each solo, creating an aural environment to augment the visual imagery. The sounds from his unexpected instruments, combining with the action on stage, create scenarios that are at once confusing and hilarious. As the performer in the first haiku slides back along the table, Hamilton stretches out the mouth of an inflated balloon. The image of the performer’s clinched fingers sliding down the screen coincides with the sound of air escaping, like fingernails screeching on a chalkboard.


Performer: Ksenia Vidyaykina


Performer: Zane Frazer


Performer: Ksenia Vidyaykina


Performer: Scott Heron

 

Performance history:

Movement Research at the Judson Church, NYC (2002 – preview)
Dance Theater Workshop, NYC (2002 – premiere)