In February, instead of hosting our usual Tap Into Transformation, David and I will be participating in the opening reception of the 6th Annual NoBo Art District Group Show.
Date: Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
Time: 6-9 pm
Location: First Congregational Church, Broadway & Pine.
The NoBo Art District is an artist run organization dedicated to promoting the 220+ artists and creative industries clustered along Broadway in North Boulder, Colorado. Characterized by a mix of artist friendly industrial warehouses, new urbanist neighborhoods, retail and restaurants, the NoBo Art District’s current heart is at the intersection of Broadway and Yarmouth Avenue with many artists’ studios fanning out from there within walking distance of each other. Viriditas Studio is one of those studios. For more information about the NoBo Art District, check out the NoBo website: noboartdistrict.org.
David and I will be tap dancing, singing and reciting poetry at the opening reception. We have created some new choreography to some Michael Jackson music which you do not want to miss! I will be singing St. Hildegard’s O Viridissima Virga and David will be reciting his poem What Is Soul? Also, my painting of St. Hildegard’s Illumination which is the heart of the final scene of Feather’s On The Breath of God will be part of the art show which will be on display at the church through March.
There are lots of other great activities happening throughout this entire event. Check them out in the flier below:
David and I hope to see you at the reception!
‘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. / 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.”
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.
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.
Feathers on the Breath of God
It’s no small feat to capture the life of a visionary, but July 18 through 21, Hildegard von Bingen, the twelvth-century German writer, composer, activist, healer, philosopher, scientist, mystic and Benedictine abbess, comes to life on the stage of the Bas Bleu Theatre.
The interactive experience begins with Hildegard’s Journey through the Senses, a traveling exhibit featuring art, replicas, stained glass and models of the abbeys where she worked (crafted by artists in Greeley). Sample one of Hildegard’s herbal remedies (like parsely heart wine and spelt “nerve cookies”) then head into the main theater for a performance of Feathers on the Breath of God, an original musical theater performance and homage to Hildegard’s many-faceted brilliance. Both were created by Jeannine Goode-Allen, DMin, who lives and works in Boulder, where the show debuted last summer.
The show, starring Goode-Allen, explores the yearning for connection with divinity and creative inspiration, and incorporates projection screens, dancing, performances of Hildegard’s haunting hymns as well as contemporary compositions and an interlude with a tap-dancing archangel.
“What Hildegard accomplished in her life defies the mind,” Goode-Allen says. “I want people to really hear and feel and savor the senses of this work, the essential experience of it. lt’s a creative feast. and something of that rubs off, leaving you thinking about where you want your own creative pursuits to lead.” For more info on the project visit viriditasllc.com; for tickets, basbleu.org or call 970-498-8949.
View the original article here.
Listen to Maeve Conran interview Jeannine Goode-Allen on KGNU about Hildegard’s Journey Through The Senses Traveling Exhibit and Presentation at Creator Mundi Gallery, in Denver, CO.
By Electra Draper, The Denver Post, 10/9/12.
Saints alive — St. Hildegard of Bingen, a Benedictine nun who lived in medieval Germany, speaks loudly and clearly 800 years later to a Boulder playwright and musician. The 12th-century mystic and scholar has been Jeannine Goode-Allen’s muse and spiritual guide for almost three decades. Goode-Allen has celebrated Hildegard’s works with a play, architectural models, stained glass, an herbal laboratory, a tap dance and other works. Much of it will be on display Oct. 16-20 in a Denver exhibit, “Hildegard’s Journey Through the Senses,” at Creator Mundi Gallery.
The power to inspire and teach Catholics for centuries after death is one mark of a saint, and Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday elevated Hildegard to the rarest of saintly company — naming her and St. John of Avila as two of only 35 doctors of the church in 2,000 years.
A church doctor’s writings and other works are considered of universal importance to Catholics. Benedict has called Hildegard “perennially relevant” and “an authentic teacher of theology and a profound scholar of natural science and music.”
Hildegard joins the ranks of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Bede the Venerable and other giants of Catholicism, including three other women — all named since 1970.
Goode-Allen expects Hildegard will inspire her for the rest of her life.
“There’s no end to Hildegard,” she said. “You can go deeper and deeper.”
For Goode-Allen, who grew up Catholic, Hildegard proved to be the answer to questions about her own place in the Church. She once took her list of concerns to theologian Matthew Fox, then a Catholic priest — later expelled from the Dominican Order in 1993 for some unorthodox beliefs by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now the pope.
“I had so many questions that weren’t getting answered. Where do I fit in as a woman — and all those 20-something questions,” she said. “All the questions I had came out of my mouth.”
Fox’s short response to Goode-Allen: “Forget the hierarchy. Do you know Hildegard of Bingen?”
On Hildegard, even the pope and Fox can agree. She is said to be one of Benedict’s personal favorites.
“One of the first things that drew me to her is that she lived to be 81 in the 12th century,” Goode-Allen said. “She started having visions at age 3. She had this beautiful, artistic sense in everything she did. She built monasteries. She was an abbess. She composed music. She healed thousands of people using the plants, minerals and the healing capacity of the natural world. And everybody listened to her — peasants, the emperor, the pope.”
When Goode-Allen joined a choir, she found that Hildegard’s compositions — music and lyrics — had a profound effect.
“When I started singing her music, things changed for me,” she said. “I had more energy. I felt more joyous. I was alive.”
For many, Hildegard represents rising above social limits placed on women. And her works reflect a reverence for the Virgin Mary and for the power of the natural world.
“As the Creator loves Creation, so Creation loves the Creator,” Hildegard wrote. “The entire world has been embraced by this kiss.God has gifted Creation with everything that is necessary.”
Hildegard and her books, letters and diverse works have shown Goode-Allen that faith makes all things possible. She calls her arts productions company “Viriditas,” an expression Hildegard made up combining Latin words to describe the greenness and vitality of nature as it reflects the divine power of God.
Goode-Allen’s multimedia musical play, “Feathers on the Breath of God,” staged last year in Boulder, is a story of a timeless connection between two women. It’s also slated to run next July 15-21 at the Bas Bleu Theatre in Fort Collins.
“I really want to help people manifest their most creative self. That’s what Hildegard so beautifully showed me how to do,” Goode-Allen said.
By Megan Quinn, The Daily Camera, 10/5/12.
Though she lived more than 900 years ago, St. Hildegard of Bingen has influenced the art and life of at least one modern-day local performer.
Jeannine Goode-Allen, a Boulder playwright and musician, has long been influenced by the work of the 12th-century saint from Germany. On Sunday, St. Hildegard will be recognized by Pope Benedict XIV as a Doctor of the Church. The recognition is rare — in the history of the Catholic Church fewer than 40 people have received the designation.
To honor the distinction and Hildegard’s continuing creative and spiritual influence, Goode-Allen will present an exhibit, “Hildegard’s Journey Through The Senses,” at
2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Creator Mundi Gallery, 2910 E. Third Ave. in Denver. The event will include a presentation of Hildegard-inspired art, and Goode-Allen will sing traditional songs.
The exhibit also will include calligraphy, stained glass and herbal remedies, which draw from the saint’s creative influences, as well as actual recipes she used for her own healing methods. And several reproductions of Hildegard’s paintings will be on display.
The art embodies the saint’s “beauty, warmth and power,” said Goode-Allen, who noted that Hldegard’s story is unique even by today’s standards.
In years when women held no power in most of society, Saint Hildegard made a name for herself as an herbalist, healer, writer, artist and religious visionary. She became prioress of her monastery in Germany, then started her own when more and more women became interested in the Benedictine order.
Hildegard’s followers said she had visions from a young age, and those visions eventually were made known to then-Pope Eugene III. With his blessing, Hildegard traveled to spread the word about her spiritual visions.
Goode-Allen said some of Hildegard’s letters still survive. The letters, she said, paint Hildegard as not only a powerful spiritual leader but as a kind, gentle woman who helped guide people through faith and healing.
“There was always a message of hope,” Goode-Allen said.
Hildegard was well-loved even after her death, said Dave Darling of the Creator Mundi Gallery, where Goode-Allen will perform. The gallery has a special love of Hildegard’s writings, said Darling, and the gallery owner, Hildegard Letbetter, was named after the saint.
Hildegard of Bingen was not granted sainthood until earlier this year, said Darling, “after her death (in 1179), people already began to call her a saint.”
Hildegard was an inspirational figure to many, including Goode-Allen, who says much of her artistic side is influenced by Hildegard.
Goode-Allen said she discovered Hildegard’s story as she struggled with her own religious beliefs in her 20s. She received a piece of monumental advice when she met Matthew Fox, a former Catholic priest and theologian who is now a member of the Episcopal church:
“Forget about the Vatican. Go find Hildegard.”
Goode-Allen said she was so inspired by Hildegard’s life and multifaceted talents that she felt her own health and faith improving. And aftter reading about the saint’s accomplishments, Goode-Allen developed a can-do perspective on life.
“It even inspired me to take up tap dancing,” she laughed. “If Hildegard could travel and preach well into her 60s, I can go out and buy a pair of tap shoes.”
Goode-Allen also performs a multimedia work titled, “Feathers on the Breath of God,” which tells Hildegard’s story through song, monologues and multiple projection screens that serve as backdrops.
“Her main message to me,” Goode-Allen said, “was that someone who has faith can be inspired to do anything.”