Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC is a community of artistic dare-devils that believe in the thorough reevaluation of the human super ego in order to psycho-analysis self's relation to colonization. Confronting conflict, engaging conversation, and sparking the processes of reconstructing/reworking, the company is deeply invested in facilitating live performance experiences that challenge reality, and embrace the concept of perspicacious seeing . With the belief that movement cannot be contained by the stage nor the label "performing art", the company bridges dance into voice, into actuality. and into subconscious experiential realization. The work of the company creates astral projections of inner turmoils, bouts of responses from outward calls, and settles into ritualistic happenings that destroy the context of contemporary performance. As artists, as deconstructionists, the company's aim is to tackle politics, history, and the occurrence of settling into the "natural" human pattern. We are (both on stage and off) interrogators of the contemporary, and instigators towards post-contemporary existences.
JOHNNIE CRUISE MERCER (Artistic/Choreographic Director) is a choreographer, educator, and freelance performer in the New York City area. As a choreographer Mr. Mercer’s work has been presented/commissioned by The Center for Performance Research-CPR, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), The Dance Place of DC, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, Dogtown Dance Theater, Danspace @St Marks Church, Judson Church Movement Research, Greenspace, The Bolls Theater of Detroit, The Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 92Y Harkness Dance Center, as well as recently at NYU Tisch School of Dance. He has been in residence at Chez Bushwick Inc, DanceNow Silo Farms, University of Massachusetts Ahmerst, University of Texas at Austin, 92Y Harkness Dance Center (2016-2017 AIR), NYU 2017 Summer Residency Program, and as a 2017 BAX Fall Space Grantee. He is currently a 2017-2018 CUNY Dance Initiative Artist in Residence at York College, a 2017-2018 AIRspace Grantee at Arbon Arts Center, and a 2018 Choreoquest Artist in Residence at RestorationArts. Mr. Mercer is a native of Richmond, Virginia and a BFA graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance and Choreography.
SHANICE MASON (Company Artist/Rehearsal Asst.) a native of Virginia, is a dance artist, teacher and art administrator. She received her BFA in Dance & Choreography and minor in General Business from Virginia Commonwealth University. Shanice is currently a company member with UNUM Dance Collective led by Tarik O’Meally and dance theatre X led by Charles O. Anderson. Currently, Shanice holds the administration position of Account Manager with nationally know enrichment company, Tippi Toes®, providing dance to students across the DMV area. Shanice is thrilled to continue as a company member and rehearsal assistant with Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDproject NYC for the season
THOMAS TYGER MOORE(Company Artist/Marketing Coordinator) Washington D.C. native, started his training at Towson University in 2010. He also studied on scholarship at the 2010 and 2012 American Dance Festival and the 2011 International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference. Thomas is a freelance artist and has performed with Dance Exchange, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, VTDance, Johnnie Mercer: The RED ProjectNYC, S.J Ewing & Dancers, Algernon Campbell Experience, and Dissonance Dance Theatre.Thomas most recently was one of 11 artists chosen for the 2017 International Dance Omi Artist Residency. He also joined Dance Exchange for their residency with Great Smoky Mountain National State Park for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Thomas presented work at Velocity Dance Festival (2016), Georgetown University and Towson University (2016), Dance & Desert Showcase at ADI (2015), and has had his work adjudicated at the ACDA’s Mid-Atlantic Region in March 2012 and 2013. Thomas graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance and BA in Mass Communications/Journalism from Towson University and plans to attend grad school for Physical Therapy.
HEIDI MORGAN Company Artist/Event/Curation Associate) is a Brooklyn-based, Dancer and Arts Administrator. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Heidi attended Lindenwood University where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Dance and Non-Profit Administration. She is currently working as a freelance arts administrator and is a company artist with Johnnie Cruise Mercer/theREDprojectNYC.
NICK RODIRGUES (Company Artist/Company Asst) is a 2015 graduate from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) with a BFA in contemporary dance. While at UNCSA, he danced in works by Juel D. Lane, Kimberly Bartosik, Larry Keigwin, Bill T. Jones, Twyla Tharp and Merce Cunningham. Nicholas also has a passion for choreography; he most recently presented a new work “Mobile Sanctuaries” at New York Live Arts in April 2017 as a recipient of the New Choreographer’s Grant presented by Eryc Taylor Dance, Inc. Nicholas freelances as well, and has performed with Abarukas, Chris Choreography, vessels and violetsound.Performance and Event Committee.
ERICA SAUCEDO (Company Artist/Outreach Director) is a collaborating dance artist with companies Johnnie Cruise Mercer\The RED project, Indah Walsh Dance Company, and vis-á-vis dances. Erica is the co-founder of vis-á-vis dances alongside Kaitlyn Bishop where they create work focused on questioning the politics, history and harbored emotions that exist underneath the storyline of women. In the past year, she has a discovered a new vision for her role in the world of dance as a facilitator of community through dance and movement. Her community centered work began with Gibney Dance's Hands are for Holding program and will hopefully translate to many other forms in the next year.
TORIAN UGWORJI - Creative/Visual Director
Richmond, VA. Virginia Commonwealth University (BFA in Kinetic Imaging).