Erica Mott is a choreographer, visual performance maker, and cultural work instigator whose performances are particularly inspired by objects and environments. Through a variety of body based sculptural forms (mask, costume, object) she repurposes common discarded materials and disregarded spaces into sacred objects and sites. using the tools of humor and surprise she attempts to capture and heighten the magic, mystery and tragedy of the mundane and invites communities to re-view and re-envision shared spaces and practices. She endeavors to find universality in these actions and her performance that may be communicated across social, economic, and cultural boundaries.
Erica has worked in collaboration with internationally renowned performance artists, Guillermo Gomez Pena and La Pocha Nostra, Tim Miller, and Sharon Bridgforth. Locally, Erica has performed with Synapse Arts Collective, Blair Thomas and Company, Paola Coletto-Kaplan, Redmoon Theater, Storybox, and Local Infinities Visual Theater as well as several national and international organizations including MUKA Theater Project, Johannesburg, South Africa, Washington Improv Theatre and the Living Stage Theater of Washington DC.
DURING THE CDF YEAR
Erica Mott created an evening length performance emerging from a deep investigation into and application of object manipulation, puppetry, and principles of energetic presence to create new and integrated dance choreography. She applied her discoveries towards the creation of a new work examining female bodies in labor and war. The Victory Project premiered October, 2011 at Northerly Island.
She's taught with for Lookingglass Theater, Northeastern Illinois University's Teacher's Center and The Second City Training Center as well as devising specialized workshops and curricula for numerous Universities, corporations and community groups including but not limited to, Penland School for Crafts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Amnesty International, The Memphis Theological Seminary, The College of Wooster, Chicagoland Librarians Association, University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa) and University of Kwazulu-Natal (Durban, South Africa) . She is a recipient of the City of Chicago CAAP and NAP Grants and the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Grant as well as numerous national and international residencies. Erica serves as the Director of Education and Community Programs at Links Hall, a center for the development of experimental artists an interdisciplinary performance.
To see more, visit www.ericamott.com