In 2002 I started a performance series called RED:A Night of Live Performance at Toronto’s Lula Lounge. It was a time when i was a dancer and an actor and knew artists from all different worlds. I often wondered why each world lived in a bit of a silo with brilliant artists not knowing other artists, so i wanted to create an event where they could come together, perform a short piece, and meet others who might be interested in collaborating in the future.
The event ran for 5 years, and it was such an amazing time. RED hosted over 500 theatre, dance, music, circus, spoken word, comedy and visual artists. We had stunning solos and brilliant group pieces. Every 2 months we would watch a stunning spectacle of talent and art. I always left inspired and hopeful for the world.
When i first moved to Hamilton, I felt like I couldn’t do this sort of event here. I didn’t know the arts world well enough to know what would work here. And now, after the past 4 years I have learnt about this community, and have come to the realization that it too needs some sort of place where artists of different disciplines can meet together with themselves and audiences could come together to create stronger bonds in community.
I am starting in a small way. Except for Kenneth is a stunning little restaurant on Ottawa St that is full of character. The space holds about 32 audience members with an artistic team of about 8. The first show was sold out and the response was grand.
It is my hope to feature some of Hamilton’s finest artists together with artists from surrounding communities. I truly believe that when we meet other creatives then we too are inspired. Come along on Thursday and let me know if you are too.