Kai Hazelwood Likes to Color Outside the Lines

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 10.34.39 AM Bisexual dancer Kai Hazelwood is seeking to finish an online fundraising campaign that will result in a performance piece that will push people’s buttons on the issue of race. Her planned performance, “Color Outside the Lines” will be held in the historic Pig ‘n Whistle in Hollywood, Calif.

She tells Bisexual.org that knew she was bisexual from an early age, and told her mother at 15. “At no point did I ever feel straight,” she says.

The innovative 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 has already tested the idea a few times.

“I love see them laughing and then realizing what they are saying and cringing and then hesitating,” she says.

The online funding campaign ends by the end of the day Friday, March 5, so if there’s any chance to donate, click here, and it’s tax deductible:

http://www.hatchfund.org/project/color_outside_the_lines

Kai is a dancer, dance theater maker and dance educator. She says, “I strive always for emotional authenticity, vulnerability and honesty in movement intension, choreography and education. I use human-scale theatricality to translate personal, intimate stories, through movement, into relatable performance pieces. On stage I tell my secrets in the hopes that they will speak to yours, shine light into the places we keep hidden, and allow us to communally exorcise demons.”

She 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 to provide personalized physical training for athletes and non-athletes since 2004. After a season with the Oakland Ballet Company, she relocated to Los Angeles where she has been mentored by and worked with local artists including, Victoria Marks and Christine Suarez.

“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. I want you to question, disagree, challenge, be uncomfortable, and laugh with us.”

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 10.34.07 AMShe does plan to push buttons. “The show is intended to inspire conversations, and exploration of the things we think but never say and the things we think deep down and may not even realize we believe. The night consists of a mixture of racial take offs on traditional games and dance theater pieces including ‘The Ig’nant Spelling Bee!’ The audience will play under the direction of our witty MCs. The show shifts between the humor that exists in antiquated sterotypes trying to encompass our muticolor lives, and the ugly reality of racism.”

She will do the show 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 great perks donated by members of our Color Outside the Lines cast.

Click here if you can contribute:

http://www.hatchfund.org/project/color_outside_the_lines

Kai says, “The show will go on whether we make the online goal or not.” And that is just the way she is.

Two shows will be performed on March 29. One show at 1:30pm and the other at 6pm the shows will be at the Pig n’ Whistle Pub at 6714 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

 

 

Mike Szymanski
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]