Overture to a Thursday Morning: Performance by Kali Quinn

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Date(s) - 03/27/2018
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Goodson Chapel


OVERTURE TO A THURSDAY MORNING: Grief, Identity & Coming of Age Through Parental Loss

When rock-star wannnabe Lila inherits all of her mother’s things upon her mother’s death, she discovers the astonishing truth about her own birth in an infant home for “unwed” mothers. This performance is a suspenseful and inspiring journey that questions the will to go on and who to take with you. Through the transformation of familiar objects, montages and music, the performance taps into themes of medicine and spirit, grief and gifts. Ultimately, it speaks to how we better care for ourselves and each other through the generations.

Kāli Quinn is a performance artist, violinist and educator. She has been in residence in the Duke Theater Program as a Movement Designer on Uncle Vanya, Machinal, and Enron. Her two solo shows about grief and intergenerational dialogue have been performed at universities and festivals throughout the country including Brown University Creative Medicine Series, Full Circle Festival of Aging and Los Angeles Women’s Solo Festival. Quinn has performed and taught at numerous theater companies and universities, most recently including MIT, Brown University and Accademia dell’Arte (Arezzo, Italy). In 2016, she completed a national tour of her new book, I Am Compassionate Creativity. See kaliquinn.com.

The show will be followed by an audience talk-back and reception. For more information, contact us at trent-center [at] duke [dot] edu or 919 668-9000.


This event is sponsored by Professor Ray Barfield, the Trent Center for Bioethics, and the Duke Divinity School.

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