Johnnie Cruise Mercer presents: Process Memoirs Part 2

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Process Memoirs from Black Artists Space to Create Artist,

Johnnie Cruise Mercer

Process memoir 3: to ascend past numbness and witness birth

The earth holds without complaint. It holds. And as we stand on top of this soil, she holds. Take this. Take me, the weight that I carry. she holds my feet. She holds and then she allows. She infuses and then we are rejuvenated. revived.

I, We, are standing forever in youth. then free.

To the earth I give, from the earth we receive.

Oriented around the communal action of renewal, to ascend past numbness and witness birth is a guided meditation towards relinquish, and a ceremonial cleansing towards ephebism, freedom, and queering otherness.

Shared: NYU Tisch Jack Crystal Theater

Process memoir 4: The word, the spirit, and Little Rock.

A sermon on spiritual freedom, process memoir 4: The word, the spirit, and Little Rock. happened as a three night radical-risk ritual; a meticulously crafted instruction-book in response to the book of Genesis.  Invoking the opposite to confront dominance, the process-performance was a live-deconstruction of America’s most rooted belief system- “in him”.

Shared: Feb 28 – March 2, 2019 @Danspace Project Inc.

Process memoir 5: the indigo kid.

I am ready.

The time has come for me to begin, to conjure an active solo journey- an origin story inspired by multiple origin stories. Artifacts from the past haunt my subconscious, and the epic-memories that hold my foundation act as the impetus for a play on something greater, a larger movement. This process memoir is idiomatic. It’s a spiritual remembering. It feels like a halfway point for something required. And so, I prepare to be taken. In self-reflection, I prepare to embody my true faith, an epic voice. I embrace my inner indigo child.

Shared: July 23 – 24, 2019 @Dixon Place

Process memoir 6: thenowlater (SOUL)

Process memoir 6: thenowlater is a multi-layered ‘movement’ choreography charted as four journeys: (Body – Mind – Soul – Heart). Built as an artifact, an exodus toward black (embodied) freedom, PM6: thenowlater Journey Two treks into the mind, as the body calls on actions of allowance, surrender, and embrace. thenowlater marks itself as the sixth of ten chapters within, A Process Anthology: The Decade from Hell, and the Decade that Followed Suite.

Soon to be charted: Process memoir 6: thenowlater (SOUL) Film Premiere/Watch Party & Fundraiser Launch on January 31st, 5 pm. Event information here.

The film was created, in part, with support from the New Dance Alliance’s Black Artists Space to Create Residency.

View all six process memoirs and learn more about Johnnie Cruise Mercer and TheREDprojectNYC.

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