Psychopomp means "guide of souls". They are creatures, angels, deities, or spirits in cultural-mythos who's responsibility is to escort deceased souls to the afterlife. Their role is not to judge the deceased, but simply to provide safe passage. Appearing frequently on funerary art, they have been depicted as anthropomorphic entities. They ferry souls of the living through difficult life transitions as torch-bearers. Representing the part in each of us that is unafraid of dark places; and can take our hand and lead us into and through them. The sculpture-skins are abstractions to allow shape-shifting and suspended disbelief. They are the physical manifestations of the performance-art version of the Rorschach test.
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. Each new mask collection is based on plant/animal biological forms mixed with, references to animism, plant spirits and deities. They serve to remind the audience of the mystical and to honor the invisible realms.
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