...and to the decades from hell. (Current Process)
(Premiere Of Two Part Epic: Part I Fall 2020, Part II Spring 2021)
Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC enters into a four-year process dedicated to documenting the years 2000-2020 in order to question the solidification of the “contemporary." Launching from artistic director Johnnie Cruise Mercer's personal memory and experiences, the company engages various practices of reflection as he and the company break down individual moments, cyclical social conflicts, and overall generational observations.
Segmented into eight individual process-memoirs (process forward works that are inspired by personal remembrances, legacies and post-contemporary inquiries), the choreographer engages various forms, mediums, and aesthetics to construct a two part epic-work titled "and to the decades of hell."- a generational biography retracing, understanding, constructing, deconstructing then constructing the past, the present and the moments found close after.
plunge in/to 534. (Part I)
Plunged into the spirit, the body reacts and finds joy in exhaustion. It clings to the acceptance of weight. Pain becomes the inspiration for continuation. Exhaustion. Sweat. Blood. Your (our) fluids become the call to conjure figures that linger in the darkness. The audience, I, we all are transported into an exorcism, a ritual of containment, of freedom, of war between realism, and deep trance. Our poly-centric origin is given permission to possess us- as our people, we are called upon. Something responds. Deep. Inside, it responds.
An evening length happening/ritual; the project is my attempt to exorcise the societal expectation of the black body on stage and in dance. It is also a conjuring of something deep inside of myself.
This is the first process-memoir of eight, the practice shared is a part of a 8-part creation process towards "and to the decades of hell", a two part work documenting and questioning the development of the millennial generation and its metamorphosis into post-contemporary ideas.
plunge in/to 534" has been created while in residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange as a 2017 Fall Space Grantee, York College as a part of the Cuny Dance Initiative 2017-2018, and also with support from Abrons Arts Center through the Abrons AIRspace Grant Residency Program.
Premiere: April 2018 as a part of The FuseBox Festival: Austin, TX.