In The Context of Life
We had friends over for dinner last night and had a very enjoyable evening. Though I say it myself, the barbecued chicken thighs were outstanding, surpassed only marginally by the fresh green beans and salad, and the conversation. Oh, and the beer and wine weren't half bad, either.
We didn't get to bed as early as usual, but made up for it by sleeping later this morning, and didn't get much done before it was time to go to a dance/theater performance, "In The Context of Life" by Pam Kuntz, at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Fairhaven. Here's a description from the Western Washington University press release:
The dance/theater piece is inspired by a 2007 research project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, that invited Bellingham citizens to visualize their unique "health map." A world of information emerged from these maps. Different from other forms of research, these maps did not produce numbers or charts or graphs. They delivered images, emotions, ideas and passions. The results showed how people understand and shape their lives -- everyday things we take for granted and never talk about. Kuntz teams up with Richard Scholtz (co-director of the initial research project) to explore the project's compelling results through text, photography, video, sound and dance.
Some parts were a bit too abstract for me to understand, but I enjoyed it, nevertheless. My photo captures a moment that one reviewer describes as a cancer patient battling cancer cells.
One of the participants was Mark Asmundson, past Mayor of Bellingham. I enjoyed his performance the most, and told him afterwards that he'd missed his calling.