Premiered April 27-30, 1995 at Performance Space 122, NYC
Performed by: Newt Gingrich, Scott Heron, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Annie Iobst, Audrey Kindred, Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Monson, and Cathy Weis with members of the audience
As the audience enters and finds their seats, Weis uses the time to stage an interactive pre-show event. These events encourage the audience to engage with members of the cast and video technology. Weis discovered that this participation allows the audience to view the following performance with whetted imagination.
Politicians is one of these events. Audience members take turns walking onstage to look into a tightly zoomed camera. The images of their faces merge with the pre-recorded faces of politicians, The Three Stooges, cartoon characters and talking heads. The composite images morph one into the next. Their faces seem as if stuck inside a fish bowl with a school of guppies weaving past. The soundtrack – fractured conversations, news stories and ambient sounds – weaves everything together into a New York City pedestrian dance.
P.S. 122, NYC (1995 – premiere)
Dance Theater Workshop, NYC (1996)
Museum of Modern Art, Prague, Czech Republic (1997)