AS A DESIGNER OF MOVEMENT, I AM MOTIVATED BY THE IDEA THAT WE ARE ALL CONNECTED.  MY WORK IS ROOTED IN THE DESIRE TO INVESTIGATE THE HUMANISTIC EXPERIENCE AND FIND COMMONALITIES THAT CONNECT US ALL. THROUGH THIS CONNECTION, I AM CONSTANTLY INSPIRED TO CREATE WORK THAT IS BOTH THOUGHT PROVOKING AND ENTERTAINING. AS A DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER, I ENCOURAGE THE DANCERS TO PLACE THEMSELVES IN THE ART, WHICH IN TURN WILL CREATE A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE THAT IS BOTH AUTHENTIC AND TANGIBLE.  IT IS IMPORTANT THAT I EMPHASIZE THAT ART IS ALWAYS A SHARED EXPERIENCE, AND THE STUDIO IS A UNIQUELY SACRED SPACE TO HONOR THIS PROCESS. THE PROCESS IS THE MOST VITAL PART OF CREATING.  FINDING FREEDOM AND VULNERABILITY IN EXPLORATION, WHILE BRINGING THE INDIVIDUAL TO THE EXPERIENCE, IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME AND MY WORK.   

 

INSPIRATION FOR MY WORK IS DRIVEN BY PASSION, PHYSICALITY, AND HUMAN CONNECTION, WHICH IS THEN COMBINED WITH EDGY, INNOVATIVE WAYS TO CREATE MY WORKS. I OFTEN USE PROPS TO HELP FACILITATE THE STORY AND ADD SHOCK VALUE.  I AM PARTICULARLY INTRIGUED BY THE FIERY ASPECTS OF SELF THAT ARE COMMON IN ALL OF US; LOVE, FEAR, COMPASSION, ANGST, ANGER, AND HUMILITY.   I TRY TO EMBODY THESE ASPECTS IN THE CREATIVE PROCESS AND IN THE MAJORITY OF MY WORK.  IT IS MY GOAL THAT THESE TOOLS PROVIDE A CONNECTION WITH BOTH THE ARTIST AND AUDIENCE.   

 

IT IS ALWAYS MY INTENTION TO DESIGN MOVEMENT AND STORY THAT WILL MOTIVATE AND ENLIGHTEN PEOPLE OF ALL TYPES.  I FEEL IT IS SO IMPORTANT AS A DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER THAT ONE RECOGNIZES THE URGES THAT MOTIVATE YOU AND EXPLOIT, EMBELLISH, AND ENLARGE THOSE EMOTIONS FOR THE STAGE.  I AM INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE MOVEMENT.  I HOPE TO INSPIRE AUDIENCES AND SPARK MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS.   

Copyright © 2020 by Ray Mercer