2017-18 | York College
Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC is a community of artistic dare devils who conceptually concentrate on excavating the human super ego through performance. Using conversation and difference as an inspiration for creation, the company of artists is devoted to acknowledging the connection between self and outer, while conjuring familiar and unfamiliar experiences in a stage space. Founded in 2014 in Richmond, VA, and relocated to New York City in 2015, the blossoming company has performed in numerous venues including The Dance Place, Dogtown Dance Theater, BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), Gibney Dance’s Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, Dogtown Dance Theater, The Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Danspace @ St. Mark’s Church, Harlem Repertory Theater, The Greenspace, The Bolls Theater of Detroit, The Grace Street Theater of Virginia and as a part of various festivals throughout the country.
Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC is deeply invested in facilitating spaces/stage experiences that provide a front row seat to see unknown perspectives, re-live old or new memories, acknowledge emotional tendencies, and confront reality. The company tackles composition’s relation to politics, history, human emotional availability, while quietly pushing the boundary between comfortably being and uncomfortably sharing one’s private self in public.