The Sea Around Us or A Muse, Me Pisces (20 min)

Premiered February 6-7, 2009 at the Experimental Media Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Troy, NY
Performed by: Scott Heron and Cathy Weis with Steve Hamilton

 

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The Sea Around Us, or A Muse, Me Pisces combines video, dance and puppetry in an ever-shifting work. In a huge projection, a dancer floats and spins underwater. She swims towards the submerged camera and as she approaches the lens exhales, filling the screen with bubbles.

A school of fish appears in a stream of light coming from the wings high above the stage. Scott Heron maneuvers them from below. When he reaches the opposite side of the stage, he lowers the fish and emerges from the apparatus as though from a haven of reeds in the shallow waters.  The music pulses, combining oceanic rhythms and the songs of whales.


Performer: Scott Heron


Performer: Weis
Film by Steve Hamilton