"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."
InhaleExhale is a multimedia, multidisciplinary conversation series about death and dying curated by Window Seat Media in collaboration with local artists, organizations, and groups.
We're interested in questions like, 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 challenge our understanding – or are challenging to hear – and what can we learn from them?
We curate a variety of monthly events – from visual and performing arts events, to community conversations and nuts and bolts workshops – to share powerful stories and ideas and ask what is possible for ourselves, our families, and our communities in life and at death.
Join the Conversation! Events, past and future...
Collaboration - Heartsparkle Players
Friday, October 11, 2019 | 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)
InhaleExhale: A Community Confluence of Stories + Ideas
Saturday, November 16, 2019 | 9AM to 5PM | Lord Mansion, Olympia
Workshops, speakers, playback theater, exhibits, demonstrations, conversations and more! Together, we will consider our own stories around death and access new ideas and resources about alternative, progressive death care.
Collaboration - StoryOly
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 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
InhaleExhale: An Experiment in Creative Expression
Saturday, February 29, 2020 | 7PM | Capitol Theater, Olympia
Sliding Scale Tickets $0-$60/$20 Suggested Ticket Price*
*Help us make this event accessible to all by buying an extra ticket or two in addition to your ticket. If the suggested ticket price is a hardship, pay what you can or come for free!
InhaleExhale continues with an experiment in creative collaboration. We invited (mostly local) visual and performing artists to share their questions, ideas, and stories about death and dying through the creation of original works. What resulted was a mosaic of voices and expression. The malleability of memory, the possibility of queer kinship, the interdependence of human and nonhuman, sound and body as conduit and connector, life as celebration...are some threads that weave these works together.
We’re excited to share our experiment and their stories with you! Join us for food, interactive activities, and opportunities to share your story throughout.
Nomy Lamm & the Sacred Fragments Ecstatic Choir
Into Your Light, film short by Fandangoe Kid and Tara Darby
I’m Ready to See You, dance by Lucien Spect, Shani Banai, V Hoy, and Hillary Adler with live music by Z Santos, accompanied by MattSummers
Sanctus, short film by Barbara Hammer
Loop, film and dance by visiting artist Shannon Brooks
Visual art by Sylvia Chowdhury, Anne McGowen, and Eyevin Lucia
Interactive art installation For Whom the Bell Toils
Interactive activities, including facilitated conversations led by writer, artist and Evergreen faculty member, Miranda Mellis
InhaleExhale: Death Over Dinner
Wednesday, March 4 from 6:00 - 8:00PM
Waterstreet Cafe (private Lakes Dining Room)
610 Water Street SW, Olympia 98502
Free entry. Participants buy their own food and drink.
RSVP required: email@example.com
Join us for dinner and conversation about death and preparing for end of life—for ourselves and our loved ones. We’ve created space for twenty people to gather for a guided conversation.
Have you thought about your own death? What are you most afraid of? Have you talked with loved ones about your values, wishes and fears? After you die, what do you want done with your body? We believe being prepared for decline in health and end of life is super important.
It’s bound to be an unforgettable evening.
Event is free. Participants purchase their own dinner and drinks. We’re limited to 20 seats, so seize the day!
Questions? Contact Meg O’Leary at firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Dates! First Wednesday evening of the Month
We will gather (mostly) the first Wednesday of each month from 7PM - 8:30PM at various venues throughout town. Guest speakers, Death over Dinner, live storytelling, experiential learning, nuts and bolts workshops, open space to share and ask questions, photo/art exhibitions in local venues, and films are some of the ways we will engage with our theme over the course of the year. Stay tuned as we announce these offerings!
Project Advisors and Collaborators
InhaleExhale 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
- Lashanna Williams, A Sacred Passing
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 email@example.com.