3 Singers, 2015
This Season, hcl partners with the Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF) to support their current and recent Lab Artists. hcl provides low-res support to facilitate the choreographic development of the artists’ pieces and ease their production and rehearsal processes.
Former Lab Artist Erica Mott is in the hcl studios this Spring to begin the development of a new interactive technopera with composer Ryan Ingebritsen, following up on their successful collaboration on 3 Singers. Erica will also rehearse a duet work in progress.
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.
Teaching experience includes the Lookingglass Theater, Northeastern Illinois University’s Teacher’s Center and The Second City Training Center. Erica has also developed specialized workshops and curricula for numerous Universities, corporations and community groups including 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 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.
The Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF) was founded in 2003 in response to studies which clearly identified a need for multi-layered support of Chicago choreographers. CDF addresses that need through its Lab Artists program which makes $15,000 cash grants to selected, independent recipients. By combining these grants with mentorship throughout the research, development and performance of new work, the program builds a strong community of colleagues and peers for its artists. CDF emphasizes creative process and encourages choreographers to delve deeply into their work.
Throughout the year of support Lab Artists participate in regular roundtable meetings designed to strengthen relationships with their peers and people of influence in the field. In addition CDF offers ongoing professional and artistic development opportunities to past CDF grantees and to the Chicago area dance community through public workshops, events, and residencies.