Mercedes Searer is a New York based choreographer and performer. Mercedes makes things. Pottery, dances, collages, and quote books. As a maker she is interested in the kinetic energy of the object; its rhythm, its allusion to meaning and the metaphors it presents for life itself. In all of her work, asymmetry, the verge of collapse, humor, irony, and pain show up repeatedly.
Mercedes’s work has most recently been presented as part of PERFORMA at Whitebox Gallery. Her work has also been shown at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, and Victoria Square Project in Greece.
As a performer, Mercedes has worked for such greats as Elizabeth Streb, Sara Rudner, Twyla Tharp, Steve Paxton and Kathy Westwater, among others. She is currently in an ongoing practice with Sonia Lopes Soares. The duo most recently were in residence in Athens, Greece at FaveLAB’s One plus One.
Mercedes Searer received her Masters of Fine Arts from Sara Lawerence College and her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Point Park Conservatory of dance. She currently trains with renowned teacher Janet Panetta.
Mercedes’s artistic practice centers on assumptions around identity. She seeks to invest in the notion that bodies are perpetually engaged in processes of biological, social, and cultural performance.