MUSE, Kristen Bernier

MUSE

Kristen Bernier

Cassie Ahiers, Stacie James, Maggie Mohr, Leo Chappell

Sun, January 28, 2018

7:30 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$10 online, $15 door

MUSE is a multidisciplinary solo performance existing as a string of vignettes/ a visual essay/ a living museum of the images of woman as muse, both her fetishizations and truth. What started as an attempt at finding a muse myself, turned into an examination of how easily we have come to accept and even romanticize the exploitation of the woman muse throughout history, and more importantly how passively we consume those representations. MUSE is a manifestation of the questioning, researching, construction, and eventual embodiment of those depictions. MUSE is Kristen Bernier's personal experiment in bringing together some of her favorite artists who also happen to be some of her dearest friends. 

Director: Cassie Ahiers, Choreographer/Performer: Kristen Bernier, Video/Sound Design: Stacie James, Dramaturgist: Maggie Mohr, Stage Manager: Leo Chappell, Web Image Editor: Rae Schuman.

Kristen Bernier
Kristen Bernier
Kristen Bernier is a choreographer, dancer, Pilates instructor, and arts administrator, holding her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University. She has had the honor of working with artists such as Dan Wagoner, Gerri Houlihan, and Alex Ketley, and performing at The Kennedy Center, Judson Memorial Church, The Alvin Ailey Dance Center, Center for Performance Research, among others. Some of her recent choreographic work has been shown at The Revival Theater, The Second City, Lou Conte Dance Center, and Stage 773. In addition to her experience as a performer and choreographer, Kristen has worked as an arts administrator facilitating international tours, festivals, and residencies through organizations such as MANCC, MAPP International Productions, Bates Dance Festival, and the American Dance Festival, as well as independently with artists Yin Mei, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Ralph Lemon. Kristen currently resides in Chicago where she works as an independent artist, arts consultant, and teaches Pilates in private and group settings.

Special Thanks: My incredible team of collaborators and community for supporting my voice and vision. Links Hall for co-producing this work and creating affordable spaces for artists in Chicago. The Second City for supplying countless hours of free rehearsal space. Performance, literature, my mom, my best friend, my partner, my cat, and my therapist all for keeping me alive. You, for coming to this show. Could not have done it without you all, thank you.
Cassie Ahiers
Cassie Ahiers
Cassie Ahiers is a Minnesota native who directs, writes and performs comedy in Chicago, IL. As a teacher, she has worked with groups of all sizes and backgrounds across the nation. Cassie is a graduate of the Second City Directing Program, Conservatory, iO’s improv program, and holds a degree in Theatre directing from Columbia College Chicago. Some of her recent directing works include, The Second City's Nondenominational Christmas Show, The Best of The Second City, The Last Circus, Trigger, The Mountain Digby, Table Manners, and the Web Series Lake Effect. Learn more about her current projects at www.cassieahiers.com
Stacie James
Stacie James
Stacie James is a multimedia arts activist, writer, and sound designer in the city of Chicago. This past year they assistant directed and sound designed comedy revues for The Revival Theatre in Hyde Park, sound designed Terrence Carey's solo show BLACK PRIVILEGE at The Second City and technical designed/stage managed The Fine-Print Theatre's annual holiday show. They are a graduate of the streets with a degree in all things Frank Ocean. This year you can catch them technically designing round two of the Kaitlin Larson experience, as well as writing, producing, and starring in their straight-to-YouTube web-series NOT FOR YOU.
Maggie Mohr
Maggie Mohr
Maggie Mohr is a theatre maker and visual artist who graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University with a BFA in Theatre Arts. Maggie was a literary assistant for the 2015-2016 Victory Gardens season, assistant dramaturging plays and collaborating on public programs. Recently stage managed and script consulted on the workshop production of Eden In Silence. Currently working on Fluid, a series of short films exploring gender. Maggie is a radical dramaturg, intersectional feminist and "stan" for new work.
Leo Chappell
Leo Chappell
Leo Chappell is making his stage managing debut with MUSE. He graduated from DePaul acting class of '15 and is a part of the Birch House Immersive Theatre Ensemble. Some upcoming projects include Lonely Hearts, Sippin' On the Webseries and collaborating on a tender little brainchild called Not For You.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/