Fall 2010

"In the Context of Life" told the compelling stories of 15 community members who have been challenged to make public those things we don't normally talk about. 

This piece was 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. 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 teamed 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.

The piece was generously supported by The Bossak Heilbron Charitable Foundation, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Western Washington University, PeaceHealth, and the College of Fine and Performing Arts at WWU.

Cast & Crew

Created by Pam Kuntz with Performing Artists: Vanessa Daines, Angela Kiser, Ella Mahler

Community Participants: Amanda Carter, Rod Burton, Rolling Morgan, Marc Pierson, Warren Rose, Greg Stern, Mark Asmundson, Maryann Breskin, Flip Breskin, Linda Adler, Geof Morgan, Rod Burton, Rick Hermann, Kate Nichols, Kathy Buford

Lighting designer: Mark Kuntz

Filmmakers: How Loud Media, Maria McLeod and Stephen Howie

Composers: Richard Scholtz and Spencer Thun

Photographer: Suzanne Fogarty