Bisexual performer seeks help for edgy racial performance

Kai Hazelwood likes to "Color Outside the Lines" which is why her new performance piece is called that. The bisexual dancer and dance teacher is hoping to land $3,000 on an online Hatchfund campaign by the end of the day Friday, March 5 for an edgy dance campaign that educates self awareness issues about racism. She has already raised more than $1,000.

"This is particularly timely because of what is happening in the news today," says Hazelwood, pointing out the issues in Fergusen, police racial profiling and the high-profile domestic abuse issues making the news lately.
Her planned performance, “Color Outside the Lines” will be held in the historic Pig ‘n Whistle in Hollywood, Calif. on March 29. It will happen whether or not she raises the money, but she can use some help.

"The show is not passive, it’s rather interactive, which is why it is in a historic location in the heart of Hollywood in an intimate setting," she says. She has already tested the idea a few times.

"It will be like going to a trivia night, but people will talk about race and be honest," Hazelwood says. "People will be forced to say things they don't necessarily want to say, and it could get uncomfortable. I love seeing the audience laughing and then realizing what they are saying and cringing and then hesitating,” she says.
Kai Hazelwood
Kai has 25 years of dance experience including six years at the San Francisco Ballet School, summer programs at Dance Theater of Harlem and the Alvin Ailey School of Dance, and intensive training at the Kirov Ballet in Saint Petersburg, Russia. A former basketball player, she has drawn on her sports, dance, and dance medicine experiences.

“Color Outside the Lines” is a twisted trivia night-meets-dance theater show all about race. "Color Outside the Lines" doesn't attempt to offer any answers about race. Instead, she says, “It is an invitation to explore the funny and also dark parts of ourselves, our understanding of our own racial identity and that of people around us.”

The show is done with three collaborators.:Allison Wyper is someone she has known for eight years and she describes as “a totally brilliant and physical performance artist.” Abel Arias works locally as a comedian in the Comedy Sports LA, and Tasheena Medina is a former student and Kai says, “I’m interested in her voice and aesthetic and wanted to work with her.”

This is an all or nothing campaign meaning that if they don’t reach the $3,000 goal, they get none of the funds. All donations are tax deductible and certain donations offer perks donated by members of the cast.

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