Red Dive, founded in 1996, is a Bessie award-winning team of choreographers and theatre artists based in New York. We create interactive, multi-sensory events and guided performance-tours in unusual environments both indoors and out. Our work merges the voices of communities, organizations, and anywhere from a few to over 25 artists of various disciplines at one time in order to bring audiences into visceral dialogue with multiple perspectives on timely issues. We believe that through a radical re-envisioning of how and where art is presented, we can have a greater impact on human and social issues and engage wider audiences.
Red dive continues to be critically recognized as an innovator in the realm of multi-disciplinary, site-specific performance. From blindfolded, sensory tours of an old school building, to interactive tours of a historic tenement house, to our eco-boat voyage down Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, Red Dive expands the boundaries of the art experience.
Red Dive is Maureen Brennan—Director, Ellen Baird, Kerry Lowe, and Ashley Smith.
How we work
Red Dive chooses projects based on criteria stemming from our curiosity of under-explored places and marginalized subjects as well as our desire to critically respond to greater cultural forces. Each project evolves out of a process of in-depth investigation, multi-level collaborations and community exchange and with artistic interpretations of multiple points of view.
In addition, Red Dive extends our mission through commissions in which we provide brainstorming sessions, consulting, coordinating, artistic curation/design, and directing of events/tours that benefit community organizations, art centers, local governments, businesses, development corporations and grassroots initiatives. Please contact us for more information about our workshops and services.
Who we work with
To date Red Dive has promoted over 300 voices of both emerging and established artists of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds and far-ranging disciplines including theater and dance performance, puppetry, architecture, video, sound installation and more.
Red Dive has worked with The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, The Foundry Theater, Dancing in the Streets, Inc., The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, The US Army Corps of Engineers, The Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation, The Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Brooklyn Historical Society, The Dredgers, The Urban Divers, The Working Waterfront Association, The Hackensack Riverkeeper, Inc., The Department of Transportation, Brooklyn’s Community Board 6, Brooklyn’s 76th Police Precinct, The Museum of Chinese in the Americas, Explore Chinatown, Yellow Arrow, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Sound Associates Inc., The Brooklyn Brewery, and members of the small-business community including the Blind Tiger Ale House and D.B.A.
Red Dive funders and supporters include The Field through the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Creative Capital, The Greenwall Foundation, Heathcote Foundation, The Foundry Theater’s Emerging Artist’s Fund through the Jerome Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, The Curtis McGraw Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts administered through the Brooklyn Arts Council, Franklin Furnace Foundation, Meet The Composer Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and private donations.
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