About Jakki Kalogridis
Jakki is a performing artist focused on cross-media collaboration and partnerships with the inanimate. After touring with world-class drum corps and winterguards, they began working as a costume designer while completing a BFA in studio art with a minor in dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jakki taught colorguard programs across the state of North Carolina, cofounding an independent winterguard program focused on issues of social justice. In 2013, Jakki relocated to New Orleans, where they worked as a fashion and costume designer, creating work for private clients, dance companies, burlesque and drag performers, and award-winning musical artists. In 2016, they founded New Orleans Colorguard Arts, which offered programs teaching colorguard and dance through studio classes and workshops, a parading krewe, and stage recitals for local performers to showcase their talents. Their most recent works include an evening-length concert in collaboration with New Orleans band Loose Willis and a dance film in collaboration with musician Brad Webb and filmmaker Josh Brasted. Jakki continues to work in tandem with photographers, musicians, filmmakers, poets . . . to explore the relationship between bodies and costumes and inanimate objects, viewing them all as potential partners in creation.