Tap Into Transformation, August

Once a month….come to a new kind of gathering.

Tap Into Transformation
At the Viriditas Studio
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65, Boulder, CO 80304
August 2, 2013   7:00 – 9:00 pm

“Nothing would stand in the way of Hildegard and her nuns…
God was calling them to soar all the way to the Sun,”
“Lovely Sun, lovely Sun

Warm Sun, warm Sun.”
(Quotes from the musical Feathers On The Breath of God)

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Come and experience the transformative power, warmth and beauty of the Sun in our August, Tap Into Transformation. We will use tap dance as meditation and connect to the energy of this life-giving heavenly body. Using the inspiring music of Bizet’s Habañera, from the opera Carmen, we will access, through our bodies and our feet, the transforming radiance available to us.

What are some of the areas of your life that you would like to bring energy into?  That you would like to shine light on and see more clearly?

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Come and join husband and wife duo Dr. Jeannine Goode-Allen and Dr. David Sharp in an evening of transformational song, poetry and tap dancing in our gorgeous and inspiring Viriditas Studio in North Boulder.  You will laugh, smile and stomp your feet while feeling the joy of moving your body and opening your heart to awe, wonder, beauty, gratitude and more.  Guest artist Gary Grundei will bring his own light into our midst as he shares some of the lessons he has learned of the Sun through his music.

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Our world so needs each of us to step out onto the stage of life and make manifest our great potential. Experience us as we pave the way to do this by exhibiting the power of Divinity In Action through our spectacular..and fun.. gifts.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity, in a creative community, to share and honor your own gifts, or be inspired to dive into new ones! We will teach you some basic tap steps, and with these tools, we will journey into our hearts to praise, complain, thank and bless. We will create rhythms, poetry, and prayers with our feet and our bodies, individually and as a group.


To Reserve Tickets:
1.888.612.8189 or www.viriditasllc.com  $15.00 admission  $10.00 students
No experience necessary and we provide the tap shoes!
We serve food at the intermission.


Let’s sing, dance, and grow together…while having an absolute BLAST!!


The Coloradoan reviews “Feathers On The Breath of God”, July 2013.

‘Feathers’ looks into inspiring story of saint.
Stacy Nick, writer for The Coloradoan

July 18, 2013

'Feathers on the Breath of God,' written and staring Jeannine Goode-Allen, follows the inspirational tale of St. Hildegard von Bingen.

‘Feathers on the Breath of God,’ written and staring Jeannine Goode-Allen, follows
the inspirational tale of St. Hildegard von Bingen. / Courtesy of Rebekah West.

It’s not every day that a musical with tap dancing 12th-century nuns comes through town.

Then again, St. Hildegard von Bingen wasn’t your ordinary nun.

Last year, Hildegard was named a saint and Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI. The 12th-century mystic was respected by her Pope, built two abbeys and preached openly as a woman during a time when it was unheard of for a woman to have any power, said Jeannine Goode-Allen, writer and star of “Feathers on the Breath of God.”

The musical about the life and impact of the saint, comes to Fort Collins’ Bas Bleu Theatre on Thursday.

Goode-Allen, a Boulder-based, classical singer, said she found her own voice in the songs of the saint. She wanted to share Hildegard’s story.

That’s not to say that it was easy. Goode-Allen built a studio to rehearse in and began a two-year collaboration with director David Sharp and musician Gary Grundei. And while she’d sung most of her life, Goode-Allen also enlisted the help of a vocal coach and studied Latin. It’s one thing to sing; it’s another to master Hildegard, she said.

But despite the struggle, Goode-Allen said there was always a feeling that comparatively, anything she would attempt would be easy, or at least easier, than Hildegard had it.

The show also is a lot more than just the performance. The pre-show “marinade,” as Goode-Allen calls it, includes an art exhibit, the chance to sample some of Hildegard’s remedies of parsley heart wine and nerve cookies, meet the cast and get a better understanding about the show.

Except the tap dancing.

“You just have to experience that one to really get it,” Goode-Allen said. “But (Hildegard) would have loved that — it’s that idea that you can do anything.”



The Greeley Tribune reviews St. Hildegard’s Exhibit and “Feathers On The Breath of God”, July 2013

Greeley artists pitch in for Boulder woman’s production about Saint Hildegard of Bingen.

by Dan England, writer for The Greeley Tribune
July 18, 2013

This is one of the stained glass pieces contributed by Greeley artist 
Francis Denning. Seven Greeley artists made pieces for a play written 
and performed by Boulder playwright Jeannine Goode-Allen.

Jeannine Goode-Allen found a Boulder choir that performed the work of the 12th-century mystic Saint Hildegard of Bingen after a close friend recommended she seek out the mystic. No matter how drained Goode-Allen was from a day of teaching, she always left choir rehearsal feeling alive.

“Like I was plugging into a battery,” Goode-Allen said in a phone interview. “I’d never experienced that before.”

Goode-Allen’s life in many ways was transformed by the woman who was a leader in the Catholic church at a time when other women were burned at the stake. Hildegard was a writer, philosopher, a founder of two monasteries and even dabbled in medicine.

Goode-Allen used some of her remedies for her heart condition, and she credits the mystic as much as her surgery for healing her. Hildegard’s inspiration led Goode-Allen, now 52, to try tap dancing even as she approached 50, which helped heal a chronic pelvis condition. Goode-Allen isn’t the first to recognize Hildegard’s power in her life. Last October, the former Pope Benedict XVI named her a Doctor of the Church.

Goode-Allen wrote a play about how Hildegard’s works changed her own life — a play that includes a mini-biography of Hildegard’s amazing 81 years (an unheard of age for the 12th century). The musical production also features an exhibit of the work of Greeley artists and opens in Fort Collins tonight and runs through Sunday.

Starr Jageler of Greeley got seven artists from Greeley together for Goode-Allen. Richard Basely made a medieval cabinet and display cases; Francis Denning, who owns the Dragon’s Cache with his wife, Nellie, contributed three stained-glass pieces; Gabriel and Jody Lopez made three models of abbeys and the shrine; Tammy Burleigh did some painting of stone walls; and Colette Pitcher contributed 13 pieces of calligraphy.

Pitcher, like the rest, had the charge of showing aspects of Hildegard’s life. Goode-Allen shows off the works, in her Hildegard character, in an exhibit an hour before the presentation. She also shows photos of the works during her production. The play premiered in Boulder a year ago, so Pitcher needed a little prodding before she remembered the play. But the work she did for it was a recent favorite project. She recreated Hildegard’s manuscripts using calligraphy. She had to order animal skin out of a place in Washington so her work was authentic.

“It was kind of neat for Greeley to get used by Boulder,” Pitcher said. “It was lots of fun.”

That was the idea, Jageler said. She used as many Greeley artists as she could. It took eight months to get all the material together before last year’s debut in Boulder.

“I was especially proud to use mostly Greeley artists,” Jageler said. “I am amazed at the talent pool we have here.”

Goode-Allen was happy with the work of the Greeley artists — she visited their studios and “fell in love” with all of them — and their work helped fulfill part of her mission of helping others discover Hildegard the way Goode-Allen discovered her.


Feathers On The Breath of God

By DR. Jeannine GoodE-Allen, D.Min.

“…a performance piece using music, tap-dancing, and
multimedia. Experience the transformative force of one
woman’s timeless connection to St. Hildegard of Bingen.”

Performances coming to BAS BLEU THEATER
July 18, 19 and 20, 7:30 P.M.
July 21 Sunday Matinee, 2:30 P.M.

One hour before each performance the cast will take you on a guided
tour of the St. Hildegard Exhibit in Gallery Bleu.
For more info visit viriditasllc.com;
For tickets, basbleu.org or call 970-498-8949.

Experience Hildegard’s world on a sensory level, and view the beauty, warmth, and power of an art exhibit, St. Hildegard’s Journey Through The Senses: A Traveling Exhibit
(www.basbleu.org/gallery-bleu), at the Gallery Bleu from July 16th to 21st.
Handcrafted art pieces made by calligraphers, in stained glass and model builders from Greeley, CO.

This is an independent production. The Bas Bleu Theatre has been made available
for this event by special arrangement between the Bas Bleu Theatre Company
and the Fort Collins, Colorado, Downtown Development Authority.