"Once certain stories get embedded into the culture, they become master narratives - blueprints for people to follow when structuring their own stories, for better or worse."
Project Overview + Essential Questions
InhaleExhale - Window Seat Media's newest Community Story Project - is an exploration of our stories about death and dying, here in the South Puget Sound.
What are our “blueprints” for dying? Where do these stories come from and how do they inform the care we seek and receive? What stories complicate our “master narratives,” and what can we learn from those stories?
The project will cover a variety of topics - from green burial and DIY home funerals to the role of death doulas and music in our end-of-life care. Beginning with a Community Confluence on November 16, we will continue to engage with these questions and topics through an ongoing oral history project and podcast (2020 launch), monthly conversation series, and collaborative performance events throughout 2020. Our goal is to share powerful stories and ideas, illuminate systemic problems, and ask what is possible for end-of-life care in the South Sound community.
Collaborative Performance Event with the Heartsparkle Players
Friday, October 11 | 7:30PM | Traditions Cafe, Olympia
The Heartsparkle Players are an Olympia based Playback Theatre ensemble. Playback is a form of improvisational theatre where audience members tell moments from their lives and the actors and musician create artistic renderings using dialogue, movement and sound. Each performance invites the audience and the players to listen deeply to highlight our shared and unique human experiences. The October performance will center on the theme "Sacred Acts." Proceeds will benefit Window Seat Media. Learn more here.
Admission: $7-12 (no one turned away)
Community Confluence of Stories + Ideas
Saturday, November 16 | 9AM to 5PM | Lord Mansion, Olympia
Workshops, speakers, playback theater, an exhibit, conversations and more! Together, we will consider our own stories around death, access new ideas and resources, and listen to stories in a variety of formats.
Collaborative Performance Event with Story Oly
Tuesday, January 21 | 7-9PM | Rhythm and Rye, Olympia
Olympia’s premiere Story Slam event. Community members come together every month to share, compete and tell true stories based on a monthly theme. StoryOly aims to encourage and develop community engagement and connection through the medium of storytelling. January's theme is death. Learn more here.
Admission: $5-10 suggested donation
A Multimedia, Experimental Arts Experience
Saturday, February 29 | 7PM | Capitol Theater, Olympia
Join us for a multimedia, interactive experience!
- Dance performance choreographed by Lucien Spect, Shani Banai, V Hoy, and Hillary Adler, with live music composed by Z Santos
- Artwork by local artists Anne McGowan, Eyevin Lucia, and Sylvia Chowdhury
- Music by Nomy Lamm and the Sacred Fragments Ecstatic Choir
- Experimental film shorts, including "Sanctus" by Barbara Hammer
- Visiting artist from Philadelphia, Shannon Brooks, will perform "Loop"
- Reading by Jenny James
Interactive activities, including a facilitated conversation led by writer, artist and Evergreen faculty member, Miranda Mellis
Project Advisors and Collaborators
Inhale/Exhale is designed and produced by a collaborative of practitioners and artists. Our network includes:
- Jessica Babcock, Window Seat Media
- Jessica Caldwell, Northwest Home Funerals & Green Burial Education
- Debe Edden, Heartparkle Players
- Elizabeth Lord, Story Oly
- Sophia McLain, Writer
- Meg O'Leary, Winnow
- Lucien Spect, Dancer/Writer
- Eliana Stockwell-Ferber, No One Dies Alone
- Elaine Vradenburgh, Window Seat Media
- Angie Ward, National Home Funeral Alliance
Huge gratitude to all of our collaborators!
Like us on Facebook or sign-up for our newsletter to stay in the loop. To share your story or assist with the project, contact Project Curator, Elaine Vradenburgh, at firstname.lastname@example.org.