Bond of Brotherhood

The goal of The Purple Lemonade Collective is simple; support the arts community by providing a platform for our company members to create and grow as artists. You will see us performing as a team at shows, but it goes beyond that. We strive to push our artists, as individuals, in ways needed to help them reach greater heights while supplying the means to do so.

That being said, we are beyond excited to share with you the first (nonperformance) project out of The Purple Lemonade Collective from Braidon Hobzek and William Wiersma.

This piece to us, was all about exploring new movement. We wanted to push ourselves to create something different from what we usually do; using the song “Faded” by Zhu, as inspiration to do so. Although collaborations can be difficult at times, since artists often have different views, things could not have worked smoother for us.

This project was choreographed, filmed, produced and finalized in a week– we presented Braidon and Will with this challenge, and they executed it flawlessly and professionally. Per usual, every aspect going into this collaborative project was carried out by a PLC member; wardrobe, film, concept, choreography, etc.

The bond of brotherhood between us is strong, in a very symbiotic way. So after some studio time and a little creative help from our PLC fam, we have emerged with this: a strong, powerful, warrior-centric piece that pushed us to new limits and boundaries.

We think you will agree that Braidon and Will accomplished their goal and captured an essence of respect and closeness with their bond and created a story that is told via dance, visuals, and most importantly, art. Please enjoy, and watch the boys as they battle, as warriors together, through this journey.

Full of Pride

There’s so much for me to love about this project. Ryan Kam (the project’s director) filmed our debut in a way that gives our viewers the feeling as if they were there, experiencing it live, by shooting from multiple viewpoints. What we were trying to accomplish was a look and feel that showed the beauty of reciprocation. We wanted everyone viewing this show to feel included in some way. It was a grand debut for The Purple Lemonade Collective. We gathered together and celebrated love and unity on a glorious, picture-perfect, Seattle summer afternoon– celebrating Pridefest. This project was a way for us to bring a little joy to our community, the week prior we grieved the tragic events that occurred in Orlando. As the mother of the house, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t a little worried about putting my children in a situation that could prove dangerous. In fact, my mother had reservations about me performing the show, however despite my reservations, I knew that showing up and showing out was not only something we should do, but it was also something we NEEDED to do.

One of my absolute favorite moments in this video happens around the 01:05 mark. You’ll see what appears to be a white hetero family with an infant enjoying the show. At one point the mom hands the baby to dad so that she can clap and celebrate. Shortly after dad then puts the baby on his shoulders so she can see while he pats her back to the beat. This moment is so beautiful to me because it gives me hope. It shows me in my community that babies are still taught love, tolerance, acceptance, and most of all how to find beauty in our differences; to the parents of this child, thank you. When I look at all the different people represented on the stage and in the audience, it makes me hopeful that as crazy as things are in this country now, there are still people in the world that believe in love, beauty, and most of all unity. This baby watching the show reminds me that we need to continue to be brave in the face of obstacles, we need to continue to provide environments that celebrate inclusion and love because her generation is dependent on it.