VAMPING: Aging, Memory Loss, & End-of-Life Ethics

Thursday, March 22, 2018


Please join the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine for this performance by Kāli Quinn, performance artist, violinist and educator. Through the transformation of familiar objects, montages and music, Quinn’s performances share everyday stories that tap into themes of medicine and spirit, grief and gifts. Ultimately, they speak to how we better care for ourselves and each other through the generations.

Synopsis: Eleanor sits in a nursing care facility longing for her home of sixty-three years. As she moves through medical testing and care for Alzheimer's Disease, she attempts to make sense of fractured memories, reckon with her regret, and somehow begin to face her imminent death.

Kāli Quinn has been in residence with the Duke Theater Studies department 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

Each show will be followed by an audience talk-back and reception. For more information, or 919 668-9000.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:15am
photo of performer Kali Quinn

Great Hall, Trent Semans Center, Duke Medical Center Campus