August 13 @ 8pm
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St.
From comedy to thrills, the CC&Co. dancers will entertain you cabaret-style. We have an exciting evening for you filled with gravity-defying aerial acts and tantalizing dance. This show is for mature audiences.Buy Rouge Tickets
Rachael Houdek: Mistress of Ceremonies
Returning for the third Rouge, Rachael is an eight year producer and headlining vocalist of Rachael Houdek’s Cabarets; SHOWSTOPPERS, Charity Christmas Cabaret. Stephen Seay Productions; Vanities. Choreographer for The Bible (abridged) and Showstoppers. Three Bone Theatre; Vagina Monologues. Host/performer for Time Out Youth Gala, Hearts Beat As One and Pride Charlotte.
Gwynne is a Washington DC based aerialist and hails from the captivating hills of the Mojave Desert in Southern California. She attended San Francisco State University studying Theater Arts, and earned an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater. In 2012, Flanagan graduated from the New England Center for Circus Arts Performance Track Program. Early on in her career Gwynne worked as a stage fighter and stunt woman in Taiwan. Flanagan was drawn toward circus and aerial arts while living as an actress in New York City. She is a founding member of Infinite Stage Theater Company, DC Aerial Collective, and Girls on Trapeze. Gwynne has performed with Nimble Arts, Show Circus, Girls on Trapeze, Arachne Aerial Arts, Artisan Athletics, In the Dark Circus Arts, New York Circus Arts Academy, The Skybox, AirBorne DC, Zip Zap Circus, Deviated Theatre, In-Flight Theater Company, Ciel Aerial and the duo, Forever Marzipan.
Molly Graves is a Tennessee native who boasts a life-long interest in all things acrobatic. She currently resides in Brattleboro, VT, where she coaches on faculty with the Performance Training Programs at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA). Molly completed NECCA’s Pro-Track Program in 2011-12 with a focus on aerial rope and static trapeze; she has trained with professional coaches from Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Elozie, École Nationale de Cirque, Ringling Brothers and Drapés Aériens.
After kickstarting 2015 by performing at Circus Now’s International Contemporary Circus Exposure in NY, Molly spent the summer on tour with the inspiring & empowering company Girls on Trapeze (www.girlsontrapeze.com). Prior to this, she was awarded “Best Technical Performance” for her aerial rope act at the 2014 International Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival in Denver, CO, where she and her duo-trapeze partner were semi-finalists the year before. Molly has previously performed with Susan Murphy at The Marsh Studio in Darien, GA; at the Atlanta Aerial Arts Festival in Atlanta, GA; at the Vault Festival of Aerial Arts in Houston, TX; at the Carolina Aerial & Dance Exchange (CADE) in Charlotte, NC; with Cirque Motion and with the Aerial Fabricators of Nashville,TN.
For the past 20 years, Jen has taught workshops and set choreographic works all over the United States. She has won a total of 11 Spotlight Awards for her work as both a choreographer and performer in New York, and has received a Suzi Bass Award, two Woodie Awards, and several Broadway World and Atlanta Theatre Fan awards here in Atlanta, and is currently a professor of dance at Kennesaw State University. Jen discovered the art of Roue Cyr in 2011, immediately fell in love with the apparatus, and now dedicates a large portion of her time to spinning, sweating, and swearing with her wheel. She also teaches the art of Cyr Wheel through Akrosphere Aerial & Circus Arts in Alpharetta, GA.
Nicole Mermans holds a masters in business specializing in marketing and non-profit management form UGA (2001). Although Nicole started formal dance training at age 5, she never found her niche until 1999 when she met her mentor Susan Murphy and began studying aerial dance. In 2002 Nicole was able to combine her passion for dance and management skills as she was hired by Murphy to help her open Canopy Studio, an aerial dance and performance arts center in Athens, GA. During her four years with Canopy, Nicole helped create a successful community arts organization, which continues to thrive today, as business manager, aerial dance instructor and performer/choreographer for the aerial dance repertoire company. After her time at Canopy, Nicole spent several months working with a circus outreach program in South Africa called Zip Zap, solidifying her desire to work with at-risk youth. Upon returning to the states, Nicole reconnected with her aerial dance partner Andrea Fors in Atlanta, GA and the two began teaching and performing around the city which eventually led to opening the doors of D’AIR in the Fall of 2007. As founding member and executive director of D’AIR, artistic co-director, aerial dance instructor, choreographer and performer, Nicole Mermans balances many different skills and talents. Nicole has had the opportunity to train with many professionals over the years, Susan Murphy, Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith-Forchion being her most influential mentors.
Krystyn has been teaching empowerment and confidence to students of all levels and ages since 2010. She believes that aerial and circus arts are for everyone. As an educator, her mission is to inspire students of all ages, abilities, and aspirations to find their authentic movement and embrace their unique expression of aerial dance.
Her introduction to dance began through ballet at the age of three. Her background includes five years of competitive gymnastics, seven years of performance art, and thirteen years of visual art. Her passion for movement eventually led her to discover circus art, where she fell in love with aerial fabric. While she specializes in aerial fabric and dance trapeze, she is trained in lyra, and aerial sling & hammock.
The VON HOWARD PROJECT is dedicated to the pursuit of artistic excellence and the availability of the Arts to everyone. VHP seeks to build enthusiastic audiences for the living arts, while promoting a wider appreciation and understanding of Contemporary Dance. Our mission supports the creative process; enriches the general public through local programs and performances, national and international tours, and continually advocates for the field of dance.