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Erica Mott

Chicago, IL         

Erica Mott is an interdisciplinary performance maker, director, choreographer, and cultural organizer who, through a variety of body based sculptural forms (mask, costume, object), transforms discarded materials and disregarded spaces. Using the tools of humor and surprise, she captures and heightens the magic and mystery of the mundane and invites communities to re-view and re-envision shared spaces and practices. She endeavors to find universality that may be communicated across social, economic, and cultural boundaries.

She has been called “ingenious” by the Chicago Reader’s Laura Molzahn, and “a vibrant performance-maker, installationist and choreographer engaged with distinctive creative research and methodology, effectively complimented by articulate and generous teaching skills, mentoring, community and audience building, and public discussion about her work” by
 CJ Mitchell, Deputy Director, Live Arts Development Agency, UK

Erica’s most recent site-specific performances were featured at SOMArts (San Francisco), Ingenuity Fest (Cleveland), NES (Iceland), Museo del Ferrocarril (Mexico), Chicago Arts District Special Exhibitions Space/Artopolis, Minneapolis Fringe Festival, Chicago’s Millennium Park, and Chicago’s PAC/edge Festival. Erica has collaborated nationally with Tim Miller, Eighth Blackbird, Sharon Bridgforth, Coman Poon/re[public] in/decency, and Guillermo Gomez-Pena. She continues to work with Gomez-Pena’s collective, La Pocha Nostra as a core troupe member.

She instructs courses in the performance department of the School of the Art Institute, Chicago and workshops for Lookingglass Theater, Northeastern Illinois University’s Teacher’s Center and The Second City. Additionally, she has designed and facilitated lectures for Columbia College, Chicago, University of Chicago, Cleveland State University, College of Wooster, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, OCAD, Amnesty International, The Memphis Theological Seminary, and the Universities of Witwatersrand and Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa. She is the former collaborator and Artistic Director of Johannesburg based arts collective, MUKA Project. She has a masters degree in Psychophysical Theatre Practice with an emphasis on intercultural performance and Asian Martial Arts practice from the University of Exeter in the UK. Erica is a recipient of several awards including The Santa Fe Art Institute Residency, Ragdale Foundation Residency, NES Artist, the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Fellowship, The Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, the City of Chicago CAAP program and the Neighborhood Arts Program (NAP). For six years, Erica has served as the Director of Education and Community Programming at Links Hall, Chicago. www.ericamott.com

Sample Reel: Erica Mott Productions

This short video shares the highlights of three separate Erica Mott Productions Installations and performances:
Revised and Revisited: A solo installation performance addressing historic and contemporary immigration policies in the US
The Victory Project: A sound and movement performance collaboration with Ryan Ingebritsen, exploring whether or not ‘victory’ is a gendered notion.
The Cowboys and Vikings Project: A dance and video performance exploring the impact of masculine iconography on environment and economy in the US.

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The Victory Project : Duet Version

This video contains highlight samples for the tourable duet version of the Victory Project, A multi-media performance asking the question: ‘is victory a gendered notion?’
This project is the result of an intensive collaboration between choreographer/director, Erica Mott, composer and electronic instrument maker, Ryan Ingebritsen and interactive video designer, John Boesche.
The Victory Project toured nationally to Cleveland and New York City and internationally to Krakow, Poland.

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From the studio: 3 Singers

This video provides insight into the studio process towards the development of 3 Singers

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