Surfacing (2004)

Premiered: 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.

Photo Credit: Tom Brazil


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.


Watch the Full Performance Video (55m)


“What’s best in Troika Ranch’s “Surfacing” is the meld of live performance with video. This is deservedly Troika Ranch’s trademark. With three-story high falling and slow motion figures, four tall rectangular fabric panels as screens for live-feed and delayed video images, and four dancers animating geometries of the panels on the honey-colored floor, Troika Ranch deftly melds its visual acuity with the lofty spaciousness of St. Mark’s Church, where “Surfacing” premiered May 20 as part of Danspace Project’s Dance Access.” – Lisa Kraus, Dance Insider (Read Full Review)

“Troika Ranch creates a fluid world of video and movement in their new SurfacingK.I.S.S. lives. The limitless combinations of video, music and dance made possible for today’s choreographers by current technology have put quite a few sensory muddles onstage in recent years, but Troika Ranch has figured out how to juggle different media by sticking to the ‘Keep It Simple, S____’ mantra. “Surfacing” at Danspace/St. Mark’s Church was a dreamily violent piece of beauty, danced well.” – Quinn Batson, (Read Full Review)