Cathy Weis is a dancer, choreographer, videographer, and the artistic director of Cathy Weis Projects.
Weis danced with the Louisville Ballet from 1961 to 1966 before leaving to study at Bennington College. After graduating, she played in a cello quartet, tap-danced on the streets of San Francisco, and did a stint as a disco queen. She moved to NYC in 1983, and developed a signature blend of live performance with video. In 1993, she presented A String of Lies, her first New York show. Over the next twelve years, she created and presented one full-length show every year. She also performed with Circus Amok and has been a regular participant over the years.
In 1996, she received a Bessie Award for her piece Fractured: Just the Fracts, Ma’am.
In 2002, Weis received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her choreography, which led to the creation of Electric Haiku and the subsequent “Haiku” series. She has toured her own work both nationally and internationally.
Weis has taught classes and workshops at Carnegie Mellon University, School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, EDDC – Arnhem, Temple University, and Wesleyan University.
A videographer for dance and performance artists since the early 80s, Weis has an archive of hundreds of hours of footage documenting dance on the streets and stages of New York City. She captured rare performances of artists such as Eric Bogosian, Remy Charlip, Spalding Gray, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Bill Irwin, Bill T. Jones, Elvin Jones, Blue Lips, Jennifer Miller, Meredith Monk, Jennifer Monson, Mark Morris, Lisa Nelson, Steve Paxton, and Elizabeth Streb, among many others. Weis continues to work with archivists to preserve and catalogue these performances, and to develop ways to share these rare videos with the broader dance and arts community.