A visionary runway benefit, Red Ball has grown to be a premiere annual fashion extravaganza and is today one of Denver’s only remaining fashion benefit shows. Featuring breathtaking collaborations from more than a dozen local designers and salons, Red Ball pushes the boundaries of fashion while raising critical funds to provide services to Coloradans living with and at risk of acquiring HIV and other blood-borne infections.
Red Ball will take place on World AIDS Day this year: Sunday, December 1 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at EXDO Event Center in Denver, with a VIP reception from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. prior to general admission. The event will begin with a pre-show featuring five student designers from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design at 7:10 p.m. The evening will feature a brief program honoring the history of World AIDS Day and the lasting impact HIV has made on the fashion community.
This year’s main runway show will feature more than 60 models choreographed by Jacob Mora, with additional feature dance choreography by Edgar Page.
Jacob Mora hails from Denver, where he is the artistic and executive director of Moraporvida Contemporary Dance. Jacob teaches nationally and internationally and has been on faculty with the University of Wyoming, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and the New York Institute of Dance, as well as serving as the guest artist and teacher for many other schools, festivals, and institutions.
Page is originally from Detroit, MI and spent the greater part of the last decade touring and performing with the world-renowned Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. As a principal member of the company, he was featured in numerous works. Page was named a Creativity Connects Fellow, a City of Denver Cultural Partner, an Imagine 2020 Grantee, and the first resident of the Presenting Denver Audience Favorite Award, which resulted in him being named the Artist in Residence for the 2020 Presenting Denver Dance Festival. Edgar is also an instructor for the Colorado Ballet.
Sinna-G, local DJ and on-air talent at Mix 100, will coordinate the show’s music, and Denver speaker and humorist Debbie Scheer will be the evening’s MC.
The 2019 runway show brings together experienced designers such as James Silvrants, DCR Studios, and Gabriela Couture, and features the work of newer designers. There will also be art by Carlos Valles, Alexandra Knox, and many more.
In addition to the show, guests are invited to visit the World AIDS Day Gallery and to shop a dazzling array of silent auction items—all proceeds from which will go to benefit Coloradans living with and at risk of acquiring HIV. The Calvin Klein Remembers: AIDS Memorial Quilt panel from the NAMES Project will be on display commemorating Calvin Klein employees including Chester Weinburg, the legendary fashion designer who died in April, 1985 and is widely regarded as the first of Seventh Avenue’s many losses to HIV/AIDS.
Now in its 11th year, Red Ball was created to ignite awareness for World AIDS Day. This international day of observation seeks to recognize the impact that HIV and AIDS have had on our society as well as to increase awareness around preventing the further spread of the disease. More than 39 million people have died of AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic, and an estimated 36 million people currently live with HIV or AIDS worldwide. Red Ball seeks to unite a diverse audience for an event which both marks the day of observance and delivers messages of support to the individuals and families impacted by HIV.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at redballdenver.org. Come join us December 1 at EXDO Event Center to witness debut design creations, mingle with Denver’s fashion elite, and enjoy unforgettable, pop-up entertainment throughout the production!