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Artist Interview

Troy David Mercier

October 11, 2013

Troy David Mercier projects a self made possible and made better by art, movement, and an exuberance for life. He perceives beauty in the way humans physically interact with the world--interactions many would pass by without thought. It's in this attention to life's minute movements, and in this sensitivity to human nature that Troy David Mercier embodies the idea of a true artist. He lives and breathes it. He shares it with others magnanimously. He dances. We think you need to meet Troy David Mercier, who will be performing at Ode for October's Arts Night Out with his Intimacy Dance Project.

Troy David Mercier

How did you get started?
Every day that I choose to continue with this artistic life is a new beginning. For me it's a choice. The first choice was when I declared my major in college. Through the study and practice of theatre, I was discovering how I wanted to be in the world and how I wanted to create the world around me.
There have been times when I have shelved every theatrical or dance related project in order to take much needed time in creative quietness, and to establish a basic, monetary balance of survival. I am open to the possibility that the rewards and gratification of a different life path may outweigh a creative life, but for now my soul thrives on creating new theatrical and dance work, teaching, and performing.

What do you love about your job?
I love that the challenges presented in my line of work are ever changing, teaching me to be ever present with the shifting needs of a moment.

Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in music, in written words, through images, through current and past teachers, through dreams, through movies. The list goes on.  I carry a journal just in case I catch a moment of life unfolding that I want to remember. The most recent was watching two parents letting their young one find his balance and walk unaided down the sidewalk of Northampton, golden curls bounding in the chilly autumn air. For words of inspiration I return again and again to Kahlil Gibran's THE PROPHET. And musically, my most played song in iTunes is MINNESOTA, WI by Bon Iver.

What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to be happy, to love, and to teach others to find it in themselves to do the same.

What's the best advice you've ever gotten?
I was once told that "planning is essential but plans will always change. Those who are better suited to adapt will be the ones to continue moving forward." So it's been a life practice to remain malleable to life's changes, but to have clarity of what it is I want to manifest.

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Wednesday, October 9th 2013. I spent the morning at Mount Holyoke College. I was watching Paul Matteson, Jennifer Polins, and James Morrow rehearse for their upcoming dance performance in Boston. I laughed so hard I cried. I don't think there was a moment where at least two of them weren't laughing while dancing. There was so much joy in the studio.


This image is inspiring because it speaks to me about hope; about how hope can lend to new life when given space to grow, and to the pain of hope when stifled.