October Performance Series

G44 Gallery & Kreuser Gallery

In celebration of Arts Month 2021, G44 Gallery and Kreuser Gallery are teaming up to launch their first performance series, in what will continue as a quarterly event. Please join us on Saturday, October 9 from 4-6PM for the fall Series, which will feature five performances by 6 talented, local artists (see bios below): spoken word, dance and performance pieces by Jasmine Dillavou, Su Kaiden Cho, Ashley Cornelius, Jacqueline Viola Mouton and Jordan McHenry and Hollyn Pinar. This will be a two-hour event with a 10 minute break between each performance. Beverages graciously sponsored by Wine Events by Michaela. Tickets are $25 per person, with a 50 person capacity. Masks are required to attend this event. For questions, email kreusergallery@gmail.com.

Jordan McHenry
& Hollyn Pinar

Re-Entry

Jordan McHenry is an MFA graduate in Choreography from Laban Conservatoire of Dance in London, England with a BFA in Dance Performance from The Ailey School/Fordham University in New York City. Born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO under the direction of Zetta Alderman, Jordan has trained internationally at programs including River North Chicago, Jacob’s Pillow, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet as well as Springboard Danse Montreal and Deltebre Danse, in Spain. His professional stage credits include Montreal-based companies EZDanza, Jose Navas/Company Flak and Cas Public. Jordan’s career spans film, fashion, and dance including Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan starring Natalie Portman, New York Fashion Week, as well as three international Vogue publications. Jordan danced for Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity from 2010-2015 & danced with the Martha Graham Company for their historic 90th season international tour. Before joining Dance Alliance of the Pikes Peak Region as Executive Director, McHenry was involved in numerous international engagements including teaching at the 5th NO Borders Project in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as well as choreographic residences at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center and Tanztendenz in Munich, Germany. Jordan is proud to be a dancer with the local Ormao Dance Company and a visiting professor at Colorado College.
Hollyn Pinar has been dancing since the age of three. She trains in all forms of dance, but especially enjoys contemporary. Holding a Bachelors of Psychology, with a dance minor from UCCS, she desires to further her education in dance therapy. Hollyn hopes that her love for dance will inspire others and extend beyond herself to the communities around her.

Jacqueline Viola Moulton

ANCIENT SPELLS TO CONJURE A MODERN GHOST

Jacqueline Viola Moulton (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and philosophy scholar — whose work orients around public, participatory, and performative poetry practices.
all that blue light / blue light / blue light
—the shape the soul makes when dancing
“I thought it safer not to leave here until I had satisfied my conscience by writing poems in obedience to the dream.”
—Socrates, on his death bed. 399 BCE
This poetry performance sets both the poet and the participant upon an ancient errand: to heal the soul [which can get sick, you know]. This performance follows the pedagogical traces ancient philosophy leaves behind in its lessons of the soul— becoming in performance poetic ritual, regimen, and sacred séance. The heart, it breaks. The soul, it aches—bathing in all this blue light; the lumens emitting from screens and machines. Oh, these blue hues of light! — short in wavelength but high in energy wrestling the melatonin within the mind and wrenching the body awake in order to toss and turn upon troubled seas. Light is light because it is a wave in motion, in length—in en-journey-ment. We will Go forth! —it’s quite an en-joy-able death. The soul asks to be healed. The poet is both guide and fellow pilgrim who dances amidst all this blue light. The poet is a modern ghost, muse, and monster who appears in obedience to the dream of Socrates. Did you know that the philosopher Descartes believed the soul to be in the pineal gland? Dare we open up the wounded heart and the drowning soul to the ancient spells and prayers of heretical saints? Dare we open up the heart like a palm begging to be read? Dare we not?
Behold! and Beware!—for the muses, gods, and guides arrive in many guises and disguises.
The soul longs to dance again. When in doubt, be devout.
Surely, surely, surely the heart knows that it is time: to be sent out in search of ancient cures upon modern seas.

Ashley Cornelius

Intersections of Blackness

Ashley Cornelius is a nationally recognized and award-winning spoken word poet in Colorado. Ashley has won multiple poetry Slams in Colorado Springs. She was the 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam Colorado Springs representative and competed nationally. She is a Colorado Business Journal Rising Star class of 2021. Ashley was the Colorado Springs Independent Best of Artist in 2019. She has been featured at TEDx Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College, the Colorado Springs Women’s March, Denver Public Library, Colorado Nonprofit Association, along with many other venues and stages. Her poetry focuses on empowerment, self-care, body positivity, intersectionality, and systemic oppression. Ashley is sought after across the nation for speaking engagements and workshop facilitation utilizing poetry. She is recognized for her work around domestic violence, sexual assault, self-love, self-care, mental health, and racial equity. Ashley is an experienced host and workshop facilitator and loves bringing poetry to unique spaces and venues. Ashley is the Co-Director of Poetry719, a local Black-run poetry group lifting the voices of marginalized communities and BIPOC folks through creative self-expression and art. Ashley’s poems reflect her struggles and journey as a young black woman and aim to inspire, empower, evoke change. Ashley is committed to using poetry as a platform to speak up and out for marginalized groups and be a voice for those who have been silenced.

Jasmine Dillavou

Viva Voce

Jasmine Dillavou is a Boricua artist, educator and activist based out of Colorado Springs. Dillavou received her BA in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and has since shown in numerous exhibitions across the Front Range. Her work often explores themes of visibility within Caribbean diaspora identities. From intimate performance pieces to immersive installations, Dillavou investigates liberation, decolonization and femininity through a personal lens.
Piece Description: Viva Voce transforms oral history into hieroglyphics of femininity. This performance is an act of documentation- lipstick marks becoming the painterly passing of oral history from mind to matter. The documentation of the mouth telling our stories reflects on the nostalgic staple of growing up in a Latin household.
Script: A long scroll is slowly unraveled as the artist uses red lipstick on lips on a scroll to mark the paper as she transfers a story or recipe on the paper. The piece is left unscrolled after for viewers to explore.

Su Kaiden Cho

My Silence

Su Kaiden Cho was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. Cho is a Korean contemporary artist and he now resides and works in Colorado. Cho’s oeuvre reconciles the identity challenges reflecting his life experiences caught in between South Korean customs and American mores. Cho received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts Practices with emphasis in installation arts from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Cho has exhibited his work in numerous galleries in Colorado including solo exhibitions and artist in residency. Cho was shown as a featured artist in Gallery of Contemporary Arts, Colorado Springs, CO, Understudy, Denver, Colorado, Artworks Center for Contemporary Art, Loveland, Denver, installed public sculpture in Aurora, Colorado, and an award winning designer at the Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs, CO.
Statement of “My Silence”: My silence will not save me. Like a mother guiding a child through conflicts, I was told those who harm me just don’t know better. I was told my family was lucky to be here. I was told, “Don’t rock the boat, silence is power.” But this mindset is damaging. It has made way for the “foreigner” stereotype and the “model minority” myth that divides us from our community and the community of colors. My silence; our silence will not save us. Power and equity don’t self-regulate. Racism sit dormant until spoked and once activated runs rampart. But so does courage. Because, now, we are screaming. My people are dying. This is a systematic issue, not just a personal one. This performance will be an engaging performance. I will be wearing my Korean traditional garment and will be making a bowl to put around my head. I will have a recording of myself reading a message in Korean, overlapping with some English. The performance will be very daunting and discomforting for many to watch however it is the message I would like to share amongst my community. I will have a bucket filled up with water next to me while I am kneeled on the floor. Once the sound piece starts, I would like to have the audience to grab a cup and fill it up with the water and pour the water into the bowl that is over my face. There will be some that won’t pour but there will be some that will but the purpose of this engagement is to wake, not just myself but for every one of understanding the means of silencing each other and/or ourselves. With media being given, it has the ability to quickly silence us and write off any fueled crimes. Being powerlessness and vulnerable, whether that is being bullied, minority, person of color, sexuality, we all shut down; cover out selves to be reflected as this perfect mirror, but it is not who we are, we all get silenced. 
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