Circus arts can be fun, entertaining, and uplifting. And even though circus performance can be very safe, there is always an element of danger when performing feats like balancing high above the ground or putting flaming torches into one’s mouth. On New Years Eve, a professional performer was rudely reminded of the risks circus artists take every time they step into the spotlight.
Sarah Johnston, widely known by her alias “Agent Red,” is a performer, aerialist, and event producer. Only a few weeks ago, Red performed at the 12th annual Sea of Dreams New Years Eve Party in San Francisco, CA. At the event, she fell from her Lyra, causing her to sustain serious injuries.
Red is well known in the underground art community for her extensive performing career, having performed with artists like Cyndi Lauper, the Flaming Lips, Devendra Banhart, Panic at the Disco, and many more. Additionally, Agent Red has collaborated with The Lucent Dossier Experience, Mutaytor, Cirque Berzerk, Vau De vire Society, Firegroove, members of Cirque Du Soleil, as well as Blue Lapis Light. Agent Red has produced events such as Art Outside Festival, which has lead her to work with numerous musicians and performers such as Reggie Watts, Blockhead, Freq Nasty, and Arc Attack. Red also works for the Art Seen Alliance in Austin, TX.
On January 1st, shortly after the clock struck midnight, Agent Red was performing an aerial act on the Lyra. Unable to see her rigger during the act, she decided to improvise around one of the drops she had planned to do. Unfortunately, Red ended up falling 12 feet from the Lyra onto the hard, concrete floor.
Red was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital where she underwent 3 surgeries for her badly broken left wrist and shattered right wrist. Red also sustained two minor skull fractures, a sinus fracture, as well as a few pulled and torn muscles. After a week-long stay, Red was released from the hospital; however, the most difficult parts of her recovery are still ahead.
Despite her relative success in the performance world, Red has no medical insurance. She is currently facing the onset of bills from her stay at the hospital, as well as the projected expenses from months of physical therapy which lie ahead. In light of these expenses, a hospital recovery fund for Agent Red has been established and can be found online on her website.
In addition to the recovery fund, a three-city fundraiser is currently in the works. The fundraiser is planed to occur February 2011 and will take place in San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and Austin, TX. The fundraiser is a collaboration between the production companies Anon Salon, Art Seen Alliance, LegitArt, among others.
You Want More?! To find out more about Agent Red as well as donate to her recovery fund, head to the Agent Red Website.
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