Kali Quinn generates a powerful magnetic field. One is overwhelmed with sheer awe at the range of her creativity, then captivated by the personalities and stories of her characters. Combining the joy and playfulness of a child with the wisdom of an ancient, Kali opens every heart in the room to a new level of compassion and understanding.” – Camilla Rockwell, Founder & Co-Director, Full Circle Festival 2014
Through violin songs, slide projector montages, the transformation of familiar objects, along with her ability to play young and old, angry and kind, Kali’s two shows follow three generations of women in Buffalo, NY from an infant home in the 1950’s to a present day nursing home: a suspenseful and inspiring journey that questions the will to go on, what to take with you, and what to leave behind.
These performances have been performed at festivals, conferences, and medical schools around the country and invite audience members to practice empathy and create dialogue around intergenerational issues.
After each performance, Kali facilitates a 30-60 minute conversation that gives communities the opportunity to connect, share personal experiences, and dream up compassionate and creative ways to better take care of ourselves and one another. These discussions have included panel discussions and engaged directly within medical contexts: geriatric practitioners, medical students, chaplains, caretakers, bereavement services, or for family members dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or loss.
Each show runs approximately one hour and can be performed completely on it’s own, in two acts, or in repertory along with local workshops. These performances can act as a springboard for you to raise awareness, educate, fundraise, and/or gather together community voices, organizations, and resources…
ACT ONE: Overture to a Thursday Morning
This performance specifically encourages discussion about bereavement, faith, shame, birth, and parental relationships…
ACT TWO: Vamping
Lila’s grandmother, whom she never met, sits in nursing home in the later stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. As she moves through medical testing and memories, the grandmother tries to make sense of her life, reckon with her decisions, and begin to face her imminent death.
This performance specifically encourages discussion about aging, eldercare, memory loss, death, dementia testing, and home…
Audiences and critics have described Kali’s performance as inspiring, beautiful, stunning, funny, moving and magical:
Watching the magic of Vamping gave the audience the courage and motivation to ask questions about care-giving and speak of concerns around dementia that have probably been on their hearts for a long time.” ~ Miriam Callahan, Dept of Senior Services in Buffalo, NY
Our attention is riveted on Kali Quinn’s virtuosic performance… a unique range of voice and movement… extraordinary skill and imagination… deeply affecting.” ~ Michael Miller, Editor Berkshire Review for the Arts
“Her physicality is both astonishing and absolutely truthful — a rare accomplishment.” ~ Cal Pritner, Founding Artistic Director, Illinois Shakespeare Festival
“In perfectly syncopated staging, the gifted performer cavorts like a Commedia player at a street festival.” ~ Los Angeles Times
“We couldn’t ask for better company in verbal and physical wit than Quinn… wonderfully versatile.” ~ Backstage
- SET-UP: Performances require 1-4 hours of set-up depending on the amount of lighting cues being use.
- LIGHTING: Some stage lighting is useful and a dark/black-out option is best for slide projector images.
- PLAYING SPACE: Intimate black-box or medical lecture hall. 20’ x 20’ space if possible.
- AUDIENCE: Raked seating preferred (performer moves on the floor level). 200 people maximum.
- SOUND: Kali runs all her own sound/music from a small amp on-stage.