bARE-beginning: the video series is a collaborative project between company visual designer Torian Ugworji, and the illustrious Monstah Black, and the company artists of Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC! Follow the ethereal journey of five humanoid demi-gods as they are conjured, and manifested as a reflection on creation, elemental purposes, and human imaginative realities.

Music by Monstah Black

Video Direction/Editing: Torian Ugowrji

Company Artists: Erica Saucedo*, Heidi Morgan*, Johnny Chatman II, Casey Olejar, and Artistic Director Johnnie Cruise Mercer


bARE-beginning:start and transition:the birth of
Company Artist: Johnny Chatman II
“For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."
(Little Gidding)”
― T.S. Eliot


                                                                                                                                                     bARE-beginning:acceptance and love:the blossom of
Company Artist: Heidi Morgan
 "Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness."
-Eckhart Tolle

bARE-beginning:current and pulse- to follow
Company Artist: Erica Saucedo
"Introspection, or 'sitting in the silence,' is an unscientific way of trying to force apart the mind and senses, tied together by the life force. The contemplative mind, attempting its return to divinity, is constantly dragged back toward the senses by the life currents. "
-Paramahansa Yogananda


bARE-beginning:creation and fabrication:and thus
Company Artist: Casey Olejar
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
-George Benard Shaw

bARE-beginning:nothingness and proximity:from here
Artistic Director: Johnnie Cruise Mercer
"The unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it, because it's only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles, wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on."
- Chuck Palahniuk