Dirty Churches presents altered environments exploring the intersection of myth, ritual and contemporary urban life through performance art. Their performances feature costumed characters using movement and dance to form dream like narratives with a live soundtrack. Featuring costumed performances by Rachel Blackwell, music by Jesse Gelaznik and auto-harp and 4track samples by H. Leon Harris. Dirty Churches has also collaborated with dancer and choreographer Alexandra Jacob and her partner Constantine Alexis for two contemporary ballet performances "Silver Suite" and "Eater of Hearts". Together, Dirty Churches has presented music compositions and installations at such NYC venues as Westbeth, White Box, Capsule Gallery, The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Picasso machinery, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, 92Y Tribeca, Brooklyn Fire Proof, the Tarot Society and Art Helix.


Dirty Churches performance artist and art director Rachel Blackwell studied under Sharon Grace at the San Francisco Art Institute. Professionally she works on theatrical and commercial productions as a set dresser and prop stylist, and Blackwell co-founded The Ouroboros Play Company, and was the Design Director until 2014. 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.

Dirty Churches founder and composer Jesse Gelaznik specializes in film soundtracks, as well as music for art performances and dance. 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 2012 Gelaznik’s collaborative project with the filmmaker 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 London. In 2008 Jesse performed alto guitar in Glenn Branca’s 13th Symphony Hallucination City. 




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

Pop Goes the Weasel / Eater of Hearts, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Bad Genie, Picasso Machinery, Brooklyn, NY


Eater of Hearts, 100 Bogart Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

The Feast! Picasso Machinery, Brooklyn, NY

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

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

The Visitation, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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