SUNDAY, MARCH 12TH | 11:00am – 1:00pm

TICKETS: $10                                                           Johnnie Mercer, Photo Credit Ellen Kirby


Sag Harbor, NY. — Witness the development and choreography of a newly devised dance-theater work, The Decade from Hell…! Programmed as the finale of his residency, Johnnie Cruise Mercer and The IAMI Collective will host an Open Rehearsal on Sunday, March 12th from 11am-1pm, inviting the community of Sag Harbor to observe parts of their process. The Open Rehearsal will include witnessing the blueprinted material from the work itself, stemming from memories tied to the early 2000s, and a facilitated conversation on nostalgia and history. 

Mercer and The IAMI Collective have been scheduled as part of our ‘Performing Arts Group Practices’ residency period of January – March. View the full schedule and line-up of Artists-in-Residence planned for 2023!

Find out more about the work of the artists, and their upcoming projects by following their IG @Iamicollective @johnniecrusiemercer @jcm_redprojectnyc 


The Decade from Hell… was commissioned by Gibney and curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa as part of the organization’s Gibney Presents series for the 2022-2023 Season. This commission included financial, residency, administrative, and production support. This work is directly supported by The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, and Mellon Foundation. 



Johnnie Cruise Mercer, a 2022 Dance Magazine Harkness Promise Award Recipient, and a 2021 Princess Grace Award Recipient (Choreography), is a queer-black-think-maker; a choreographer, an educator, and producer based in Brooklyn, New York. A native of Richmond, VA, Johnnie holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. Johnnie is the funding producer, and director of TheREDprojectNYC (TRPNYC), a multidisciplinary ensemble of artists dedicated to movement philosophy, and its use towards building communal spaces for black/other process, documentation, and investigation. An artist dedicated to movement history, he is currently shepherding (alongside longtime film-collaborator Torian Ugorji) the development of a movement-theater documentary work titled, “The Decade from Hell…”! The First of two DocuEpicWorks within his project; “A Process Anthology: The Decade from Hell and the Decade that Followed Suite”, Johnnie prepares a team of BIPOC Millennials and Gen Zers for a three night journey grounded in acknowledging/letting go of nostalgia.


The Church was established in 2019 by artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik. Housed in a deconsecrated 19th century church, its doors were opened in April 2021. Our mission is to foster creativity and to honor the living history of Sag Harbor as a maker village. The East End represents an exceptional artistic legacy, spanning the practices of indigenous art of several centuries ago, Abstract Expressionists of the mid 20th Century, and the many celebrated writers, makers, musicians, and visual artists of the recent past and current moment. Core programming includes visual art exhibitions, concerts and events, educational programming, workshops, lectures, and an artist’s residency. 



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