NADA Presents: Johnnie Cruise Mercer
March 11, 3pm
PLUNGE IN/TO 534, CHOREOGRAPHED BY JOHNNIE CRUISE MERCER IN COLLABORATION WITH COMPANY ARTISTS
Presented with Abrons Arts Center
Organized by Alexis Wilkinson, Abrons AIRSpace Curator in Residence
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. Conceptualized through the lens of Johnnie Cruise Mercer’s black southern queer-baptist roots, plunge in/to 534 initiates a ritualistic ceremony (a practice) that calls/responds to the need for emotional, spiritual and generational release.
Photo Credit: Marisol Diaz
Performers: Torian Ugworji, Shanice Mason, Thomas Moore, Nick Rodrigues, and Johnnie Cruise Mercer
NADA Presents is a series of conversations, performances, and events during NADA New York showcasing unique voices in contemporary art and culture. Join us as they share the stage in an eclectic line-up of public programs.
NADA Presents is made possible with major support by Aspen Insurance, the insurance segment of Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited, which is a leading global (re)insurance company that offers coverage from 11 countries around the world.
NADA New York
March 8–11, 2018
Skylight Clarkson Sq