Erica Mott
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Material- Inspired Installation and Performance

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Erica Mott is a choreographer, installation and performance maker, and cultural organizer who, utilizes 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.
Erica’s recent site-specific performances were featured at Free Fall Festival (Toronto), Ingenuity Fest (Cleveland), NES (Iceland), Museo del Ferrocarril (Mexico), CAD Special Exhibitions Space/Artopolis. Erica has collaborated nationally with Tim Miller, Eighth Blackbird, Sharon Bridgforth, Coman Poon/re[public] in/decency, and Guillermo Gomez-Pena. She works with Gomez-Pena’s collective, La Pocha Nostra, as a core troupe member. Erica recently was awarded The Santa Fe Art Institute Residency and the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Fellowship.

Awards & Residencies
MAIPR Program Resident Artist/Instructor- University of Amsterdam, Netherlands -October 2011 & 2012
MetLife New Stages for Dance Initiative-Dance Center Columbia College Chicago- March 2012
USA Artists Crowd Funding Initiative for The Victory Project-December 2011
Santa Fe Art Institute Artist In Residence, Santa Fe, New Mexico – October – December 2011
Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist – May 2010 – August 2011
hub14 Live In Creation Residency, Toronto, Canada – February 2011
NES Artist Residency, Skagestrond, Iceland – August 2010
Roy Hart Summer Symposium Guest Artist, Thoiras, France – July 2010
Penland School of Craft Teaching Residency – June 2010
SPOKE Gallery Visiting Artist in Residence ([re]public in/decency) – May 2010
PopUP Art Loop Artist in Residence – April 2010
Romich Family Foundation Individual Artist Grant – April 2010
Beaver Hall Process Residency, Toronto, Canada – March 2010
The Fire This Time Fund ([re]public in/decency) – January 2010
Ragdale Foundation Residency, Lake Forest, IL – July 2009
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Dance Bridge Residency – 2007
City of Chicago Neighborhood Arts Partnerships Grantee – 2005, 2006, 2010
City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program Grantee – 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009

Original Work by Artist
Five Gaits, Four Walls, Fourteen Knots-Director/Choreographer/Designer, Dance Center Columbia College Chicago- March 2012
The Victory Project-Director/Designer/Performer-Audio Arts Festival, Krakow, Poland November 2012, Meigs Field Airport, Chicago-October 2011, Ingenuity Festival, Cleveland-September 2011
…and the boat you came in on- Installation/Performance-PopUp Art Loop, Chicago- May 2010
Revised and Revisited- Writer/Solo Performer- PopUp Art Loop, Chicago- June 2010
On the Practice of Dying- Writer/Solo Performer- Rustbelt Revival Festival, Chicago- August 2009, SELF(ish) Series,Chicago-February 2010
Red Noses: You, I…and All the Others – Co-Creator/Performer- Links Hall, Chicago- January 2010
Strictly Rubbish: Love and the Lack Thereof- Creator/Performer- Gorilla Tango, Chicago- October 2009
InPrint — Creator/Performer — Iron Studios, Chicago- May 2007 & National Tour-August 2008
Ogtel and Pernod in Closed — Creator/Performer — Spareroom & Links Hall, Chicago- December 2006
Structure/Shattered — Creator/Solo Performer — Chicago Cultural Center- February 2006
What to Forget — Choreographer/Performer — Lurie Gardens, Millennium Park, Chicago- August 2005
DIS*CARD* — Creator/Solo Performer — PAC/edge Festival, Chicago- April 2005

Additional Works and Collaborations

[re]public in/decency— Co-Founder/Creator– Chicago/Toronto
How to Survive While in Exile-Co-Creator/Performer-International Tour 2009-2010
Exile (video short)-Co-Creator/Performer-Toronto, March 2010
The Palimpsest Project-Co-Creator/Performer- International Tour 2010
Chalk (video short)- Co-Creator/Performer- Chicago, May 2010

La Pocha Nostra– Core Troupe Member- Chicago/San Francisco
Corpo/Illicito Post Human Experiment #69- Performer/Collaborator- Columbia College-October 2009 & April 2010
Psycho Magic Actions for a World Gone Wrong-Performer/Collaborator-City of Women, Slovenia, October 2011, CASA Center for the Arts, San Augustin, Mexico, March 2012
Corpo Insurrecto-Performer/Collaborator-El Festival Internacional de Arte, León, Guanajuato, Mexico 2012, Steirischer Herbst Festival Graz, Austria 2012

Sharon Bridgforth Residency– Performer/Mentee- Chicago
Blood Pudding- Performer-Links Hall, Chicago-December 2009
Revised and Revisited- Writer/Creator (under the mentorship of Sharon Bridgforth)- Links Hall, Chicago- December 2009

Tim Miller Residency– Assistant Director/Performer- Chicago
Charged Bodies-Performer/Writer- Links Hall, Chicago- July 2008
Charged Bodies Mentorship Program- Assistant Director- Links Hall, Chicago- November 2009

Blair Thomas & Co. — Company Member — Chicago
The Cabaret of Desire- Collaborator/Puppeteer/Performer- National Tour 2008
Reflections on the Nature of Water — Collaborator/Performer — National Tour 2006-2007
The Ox-Herder’s Tale — Performer — National Tour 2006 & 2008
Pierrot Lunaire — Performer — National Tour 2004-2006

Synapse Arts Project— Collaborator– Chicago
Stridulate-Collaborator/Performer- International Tour 2009-10
Grove of the Untouchables- Collaborator/Performer- March 2007
Hideous Transformations- Performer- June 2005

Additional Affiliations
The Second City, Chicago- Faculty Member
Lookingglass Theater Company, Chicago- Faculty Member
MUKA Project, Johannesburg, South Africa- Artistic Director
Synapse Arts Project- Performer/Collaborator/Board Member
Every House Has a Door- Board Member

Special Skills: puppetry, stilt dancing, choreography, curation, community organizing, intermediate French, beginning Spanish and Wolof

University of Exeter, Exeter, England
Masters in Theatre Practice : Specialization in Intercultural Physical Theatre
Graduated 2002