Trophies is a unique collaborative event between dance and sculpture that takes a provocative look at the relationship between art and collector. Collecting trophies is a common social pursuit in which objects of perceived and real value are used as icons to express one’s identity. Trophies are a currency of social stature. In this piece, the art collector is analogous to hunter and the dancers are the objects of pursuit. 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. M. investigates individual and collective identity through the embodied integration of objects. The performers must deftly shift between the personalities of their abstract masks.  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 with athletic, feral life 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. In this performance piece, the pursuit and collection of the movers serve this analogy.

Mercedes Searer  *Costumes and Choreography

Featuring the masks of ROLAND GEBHARDT

Mercedes Searer, Macklin Kowal, Alexander Leslie Thompson *Performers

Moondog  Music Director Louis Nicolia and Half Moon Consort
Louis Nicolia (violin, ocarina etc.), Sonny Froman (trimba), Andrija Andjelic (piano), Rebecca Wunch (horns), James Pearson (cello) Musicians
Thomas Lohse, and Christopher Lucka Photographers
Christopher Lucka Videographer

Length: 30 minutes

This production was presented by LakeArts Foundation
Producer: Margaret Johnson


June 2014, Premiere  Jack Hanley Gallery  (New York, NY)