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Things That BREAK

  • Good Shepherd Center 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North Seattle, WA, 98103 United States (map)


THINGS THAT BREAK is a multidisciplinary concert experience in the realms of new music, stop-motion animation, storytelling, visual art, and theatrical performances centered around the theme of “breaking”. Jessi Harvey, composer; collaborated with Becky Aitken, visual artist and animator; Sonya Harris, storyteller and photographer; and Aimee Hong, theatre conductor and performer. This group of Seattle-based female artists combined their abilities to create this unique presentation of world premieres with an intent to find the connections and unity between people; in this case, the connection of common fragmentation. These connections, in today’s continually more polarized society, are important to find to start a dialogue between opposing viewpoints and a re-opening for common ground.

Jessi’s music, composed for a mixture of solo and chamber performances, reflects on the brokenness of relationships, both personal and global. Becky’s animations, with recorded music composed by Jessi and sound effects by Sonya, quirkily proposes what transformative possibilities happen post-breaking. Sonya’s storytelling, a mixture of recorded interviews and sound clips paired with photographs, brings to light perspectives on what breaking might mean for the people around us. Aimee’s theatrical performances seek to break the 4th wall by drawing the audience into the performances through self-reflection and active engagement. With humor, heartbreak, awareness, and reflection, each of these art forms will be interwoven into an anthology that moves through the causes, processes, and possible outcomes of breaking. It arrives to an open-ended conclusion that is mutable per each audience member.

On April 6, 2018 at the Chapel Performance Space in Good Shepherd Center, we invite you to break through some of the common constraints of the concert experience and allow yourself to interact through multiple art forms with our broken world. This project is sponsored, in part by a grant from 4Culture.