Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC : a community of artistic dare-devils that believe in the thorough reevaluation of the human super ego... psycho-analysis...self's relation to colonization...confronting conflict, engaging conversation, and sparking the processes of reconstructing/reworking**... deeply invested in facilitating live performance experiences that challenge reality, and embrace the concept of perspicacious seeing...cannot be contained by the stage nor the label "performing art", bridging dance into voice, into actuality. and into subconscious experiential realization...astral projections of inner turmoils, bouts of responses from outward calls, settles into ritualistic happenings that destroy the context of contemporary performance. As artists, as deconstructionists, we are (both on stage and off) interrogators of the contemporary, and instigators towards post-contemporary existences.

 

COMPANY DIRECTOR

JOHNNIE CRUISE MERCER

is a choreographer, educator, and freelance performer in the New York City area. As the choreographer/artistic director of Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC, his work has been presented/commissioned by The Center for Performance Research-CPR, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), The Dance Place of DC, Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, Judson Church Movement Research, Greenspace, The Bolls Theater of Detroit, The Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 92Y Harkness Dance Center, The Billie Holiday Theater, The Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center, NYU Tisch School of Dance, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) as well as recently at NYU Skirball's AUNTS, the NADA Conference, and the 2018 Fusebox Festival. He has been in residence at Chez Bushwick Inc, 92Y Harkness Dance Center (2016-2017 AIR), NYU 2017 Summer Residency Program, 2017 BAX Fall Grant Recipient and is currently a 2017-2018 CUNY Dance Initiative Artist in Residence, a 2018 Choreoquest AIR at RestorationARTS, and a 2017-2018 AIRspace Grantee at Abrons Arts Center. Mr. Mercer is a native of Richmond, Virginia, a BFA graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance and Choreography.

 

COMPANY PARTNERS 

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SHANICE MASON  

(Company Partner/Asst. Director)  

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

 
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THOMAS TYGER MOORE 

(Company Partner/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 Partner/Event 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.

 
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NICK RODIRGUES  

(Company Partner/ChoreoManager)

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 Partner/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. 

 

COLLABORATING ARTISTS 

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TORIAN UGWORJI - Creative/Visual Director

Richmond, VA. Virginia Commonwealth University (BFA in Kinetic Imaging).

 
 
 

ADRIANNE ANSLEY- Collaborating Artist  (Spring 2018) 

    Sarasota, Florida.   Florida State University (BFA in Dance)