2015 – Metal Man was conceived by Maida Withers as Monster Man and choreographed and performed by Anthony Gongora. Monster Man was included within the larger evening length work, MindFluctuations, that premiered March 19, 2015 at Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC. The solo examines the theme of “the monster within.” Gongora wears a flamboyant colored contemporary business suit, and a chilling aluminum helmet while dancing with an elaborate projected virtual world of cars and steel support beams making commentary on man’s fascination with power and that which is man-made and tangible.
Comments by Gongora: David Page designed and sculpted the helmet for the solo, which added a great source of inspiration for my choreography. With the helmet on I felt as if I were being transported back in time to the Roman Empire and the Gladiator Games. The idea of the Gladiator, who was often times enslaved and trained to release his monster within for the purposes of entertainment, became the point of access for my psychological and metaphorical monster within. Using my memories of Ancient Roman art, I developed the physical postures and forms for my choreography. The motivation psychologically for the performance of this character sprang forth from the concept of being forced to fight. I considered the complex aspects of the internal conflict and division of self which would manifest under such circumstances. The monster within character that I developed is a divided self who is at once both enraged and pleading for release from his enslavement. Music was composed and performed live by sound artist John Driscoll. Within the sound design you will hear my voice sampled through out the score. I vocalized a harsh and strained inverted scream, which John recorded and then sculpted into his beautifully textured and haunting soundscape. Tania Fraga, computer artist, São Paulo, Brazil, created the cyber world. Lighting design is by Izzy Einsidler.
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