Bio:

Dirty Churches presents altered environments exploring the intersection of myth, ritual and contemporary urban life through performance art, opera and experimental theater. Their opera ERA OF GOOD FEELINGS at La MaMa Galleria in June of 2019 featured costumed performances set to a live score for soprano and chamber orchestra as well as choreographed movement and dance. Dirty Churches has also collaborated with dancer and choreographer Alexandra Jacob and her partner Constantine Alexis for three contemporary ballet performances Silver Suite, Eater of Hearts and The Exterminator’s Metamorphosis. Together, Dirty Churches has performed at such NYC venues as Westbeth, White Box, La MaMa Galleria, Capsule Gallery, The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Picasso Machinery, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, 92Y Tribeca, Brooklyn Fire Proof, the Tarot Society and Art Helix.

Jesse Gelaznik (Composer)

Dirty Churches founder and composer Jesse Gelaznik specializes in film soundtracks, as well as music for art performances and dance. His Dirty Churches opera ERA OF GOOD FEELINGS was performed in June of 2019 for a three night run at La MaMa Gelleria. Jesse also composed a prerecorded soundtrack for the play The ARTS which opened La MaMa's 2019 season. Directors Daniel Garcia and Rania Attieh used his music in the feature film Initials S.G., which premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. He has been nominated for best score by the American Independent Film Awards for his work on the feature film H., which screened at Sundance, MoMA and the Berlin International Film Festival in 2014. Gelaznik’s collaborative project with Daniel Garcia, PWR&$$$, received a commission from the Sharjah Art Foundation for their Biennial X and was displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2012. Jesse also performed alto guitar in Glenn Branca’s 13th Symphony Hallucination City. 

Rachel Blackwell (Art director and costumes)

Rachel Blackwell creates, constructs and performs as the creatures that inhabit Dirty Churches. The collaboration began when Gelaznik organized a live score to play during a screening for Blackwell’s video Meditations on Death. Both became interested in expanding the spectacle, and Rachel decided to introduce a performance element. She has shown independently and in collaboration at White Box, the 92Y Tribeca, Theater Lab, The Chelsea Hotel and many other galleries, festivals, clubs, theaters and music venues.

Performances

2019

ERA OF GOOD FEELINGS - opera, La MaMa Galleria, New York, NY

The Exterminator’s Metamorphosis (featuring Alexandra Jacob), Picasso Machinery, Brooklyn, NY

2018

Long Night, Amos Eno Gallery , Brooklyn, NY

Second Incarnation, La Ma Ma Galleria, for the show Paintings by Michelle Marchesseault and Julia Shirar, New York, NY

First Incarnation, Blackball Projects, for the closing of Matthew Lusk’s In Lieu Of, Brooklyn, NY

Protection Circle, Healers and Mystics, Gavin Brown Enterprises / Public Room, Harlem, NY

The Exterminator’s Metamorphosis, Bushwick Open Studios for the show Size Matters,100 Bogart St. Brooklyn, NY

The Exterminator's Metamorphosis, Capsule Gallery, New York, NY

Eater of Hearts, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Bad Genie, Picasso Machinery, Brooklyn, NY

2017     

Eater of Hearts, 100 Bogart Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

The Feast! Picasso Machinery, Brooklyn, NY

Silver Suite (featuring Alexandra Jacob), Main Drag Music, Brooklyn, NY

Silver Suite (featuring Alexandra Jacob), Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY 

The Visitation, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY

2016  

Modern Clouds, Park Church Co-op, Brooklyn, NY

Imaginary Friend, Park Church Co-op,  Brooklyn, NY

Night Diviner, Out To See, New York, NY

Something Cosmic, The Tarot Society, Brooklyn, NY

2015 

Vox Novus Festival, MC Gallery, New York, NY

Behind the White Walls, Brooklyn Fire Proof Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Bacchus' Skeleton, Kunsthalle Projects Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Tonal Vision, White Box Art Center, New York, NY

Trans-World Holiday, Art Helix Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014     

Bacchus’ Skeleton, Northside Town Hall Arts Happening Series, Brooklyn, NY

Why You Gotta Be So Evil?, Kunsthalle Galapagos Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Hearts are Dust: Eulogy for Sarah Winchester, The Spectrum, Brooklyn, NY

2013   

An Orchard of Echoes, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY

A Guest in the Cavern, Northside Town Hall Arts Happening Series, Brooklyn, NY

2011    

Alive in Texas, Diverse Works, Houston, TX

While I Was In A Sleeping State, Theater Lab, New York, NY

Las Medias Delicioso, Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn, NY

2010    

SPUN 3, The Convent of Saint Cecilia, Brooklyn, NY

Majickally Delicious::Sight & Sound::New Times, Party Expo, Brooklyn, NY

2009    

Eye and Ear Fest II, 92Y Tribeca, New York, NY