“What's best in Troika Ranch's "Surfacing" is the meld of live performance with video. This is deservedly Troika Ranch's trademark. When the dance and media balance, just so, a spectator's eye and ear move between mediums, synthesizing in Wagner's dreamed-of way”. – The Dance Insider, Lisa Kraus

(2004 - Danspace Project, NYC)
Choreography & Direction: Dawn Stoppiello in collaboration with the performers
Videography, Music & Direction: Mark Coniglio
Lighting Design: Susan Hamburger
Costume Design: Wendy Winters
Set Design: David Judelson

Performers: Danielle Goldman, Patrick Mueller, Sandra Tillett, Michou Szabo


Commissioning Partners: Danspace Project – Dance ACCESS, Jerome Foundation, Nancy Quinn Fund.

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Real-time movement is captured by onstage cameras and subsequently “trapped” inside the surface of the video screen. The dancers see their images in confinement while experiencing their bodies in relative freedom; yet, psychologically, each feels more attached to the projected image and its tight parameters than to the open space available. Surfacing poses the view that there is a choice to be made: identify with an image and you are captured and entrapped, experience yourself in the moment and you discover unquantifiable potential.