Gravity Twins

Premiered February 5-8, 1998 at The Kitchen, NYC
Performed by: Annie Iobst and Jennifer Miller; Ishmael Houston-Jones and Jennifer Monson; Scott Heron and Cathy Weis

 

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Gravity Twins is a series of thee duets that illuminate a part of everyday life that is so fundamental it has become invisible. Like breathing, the force of gravity is taken for granted. The duets use video technology to compare reality with the imagined.

In “Gravity Twins #3,” Weis creates a disorienting landscape in which gravity is turned on its head. Two performers in elegant evening gowns carry between them a mysterious burden skewered on a five-foot pole balanced on their shoulders. They resemble hunters, hauling in their kill roped to a spit. The pole sags under the weight. This imagery morphs and the kill becomes a cradle from which a video is projected onto the screen above the stage.

The video image shows a third performer cocooned in layers of tulle, suspended in
the air like a pupa. She swings above the two live performers. Punching and flailing,
the Pupa battles a world of objects falling upward — plastic grocery bags full of air and long plastic tubing. As feathers begin floating upward around the Pupa, ruby red feathers fall down from the real ceiling onto the stage and the two live performers roll upstage in a heap of tulle.



Performer: Jennifer Monson

 

Performance history:

Bennington College, VT (1997 – precursor)
The Kitchen, NYC (1998 – premiere)
The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA (1999 – excerpt)