Trophies is a unique collaborative event between dance and sculpture, two fundamentally different mediums. In Trophies, M. investigates individual and collective identity through the embodied integration of objects. The performers must deftly shift between the personalities of their abstract masks.
Collecting TROPHIES is a common social pursuit and there are innumerable types of TROPHIES. In this performance piece, collecting and hunting TROPHIES serves as an analogy. The hunter seeks to transpose the animal spirit and enshrines it on the wall as a trophy. Hunting is a right of passage; collecting trophies is a symbol of prowess. Sculptor Roland Gebhardt has created a series of abstract animal masks that transpose the wearers' identity from that of a living creature to that of an object. Choreographer Mercedes Searer and her performers animate the animal masks as set to the music of Moondog, the blind street musician who rose from the sidewalks of New York to compose, play, and record a music like no other.