Psychopomps from Greek, meaning the "guide of souls" are creatures, spirits, angels, or deities in many religions whose responsibility is to escort newly deceased souls from Earth to the afterlife. Their role is not to judge the deceased, but simply to provide safe passage. Appearing frequently on funerary art, psychopomps have been depicted at different times and in different cultures as anthropomorphic entities,
Psychopomp is a performance art troupe for hire for stage performances, character roaming, art galleries, and private events. Performances are a mix of sacred movement and contact improvisation, contrasted with dada-style absurdities, in masks that reference nature spirits, deities, and demons simultaneously. Dancers combine butoh, modern, contact improvisation, mirroring, living sculpture, clowning, and physical storytelling. The masks are spirit-suits, allowing shapeshifting. Each new mask collection is based on plant/animal biological forms mixed with, references to animism, plant spirits and worship of deities. They serve to remind the audience of the mystical and to honor the invisible realms.
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