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When most of Indianapolis began unwinding last evening, artists from Indy Convergence, NoExit Performance and Motus Dance Theatre started revving up, getting their creative juices flowing. For them, they began conceptualizing and creating all new works to perform tonight (Saturday, Jan. 24th) at the White Rabbit Cabaret.

The three organizations will join forces on stage for the first time to present Create 24, unleashing their recently completed productions to the public. Funds raised from the event will go toward helping Indy Convergence's ongoing work with Sa-K-La-K-Wel--a community center in Oban, Haiti, that supports programs in art, dance, music and more.

Funds raised by tonight's Create 24 show at the White Rabbit Cabaret will go to support the Sa-K-La-K-Wel Community Center in Haiti. - COURTESY OF CAITLIN NEGRON
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  • Funds raised by tonight's Create 24 show at the White Rabbit Cabaret will go to support the Sa-K-La-K-Wel Community Center in Haiti.

Upon meeting at the East 10th Street Civic Association building at 7 p.m. last night, artists volunteering from each organization were randomly divided into teams, before immediately jumping into the production-making process. From there, the options were endless explains Indy Convergence Executive Director Caitlin Negron, who spoke to us earlier in the week about the making of this evening's event. She was also the driving force behind the project.

"It could be dance, puppets, theater, anything," she said. "They'll work that night until about midnight, come in the next morning and probably work for five or six hours, and then we'll take it and perform it."

Organizer Caitlin Negron performs with Michael Velez in 2011. - ROBERTA WONG
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  • Organizer Caitlin Negron performs with Michael Velez in 2011.

In hopes of collaborating with other like-minded organizations, Negron and her husband Robert (Indy Convergence artistic director) initially reached out to Motus and NoExit, who both accepted the invitation with open arms.

"I honestly think that collaboration is the best form of support," said Heidi Keller-Phillips, executive and artistic director of Motus Dance Theatre. "You are sharing your audience with them, and they are sharing their audience with you. You're exposing more people to different mediums, and you're making the arts community here in Indianapolis stronger every time you do that." 

In addition to this call to collaborate, Georgeanna Smith, executive artistic Director of NoExit Performance, also felt strongly connected to the fundraiser's cause. Having previously traveled to Haiti, an acquired passion for the country's future made her even more thrilled to be taking part in the event.

"We are always looking for a way to use our skills to benefit the world around us," she said. "We are so excited to have such a practical opportunity."

As one would expect, this 24-hour evolution from concept to staged performance will come with plenty of risk-taking opportunities, especially considering each group of artists will be assembled at random. With the right mentality though, Keller-Phillips believes Create 24 will bring out the best in all who are involved.

"If you embrace it and you're open and you're collaborative enough, it can work and be brilliant and push you to a level that you didn't know you had in you," she said.

Tommy Lewey of NoExit helped to put together this piece in 2013. - ROBERTA WONG
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  • Tommy Lewey of NoExit helped to put together this piece in 2013.

In the future, Negron hopes that the three organizations can collaborate again on similar events. But for now, she's just looking forward to seeing what magic all of the performers can bring to the stage this tonight.

"I'm so excited to see all of their wonderfully creative minds all in the same place at the same time," she concludes. "It'll just be fun to have everybody there, and then just shake it up and see what comes out."

For more information on Create 24, visit the White Rabbit Cabaret's website.

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