Spirit Canoe

These days around Halloween they say, is the time when the veil that separates the world of the living from the world of the dead is at its thinnest.

Using the Papua New Guinean story of the spirit canoe (a boat without a bottom that can travel into the spirit world), we invited our Veterans to name those people who had died who might be rowing that boat.

Everyone shared a memory of a parent, grandparent or fallen comrade.

With the rhythmic beat of a drum, we imagined them rowing and made space in our hearts for all of them.



The mission of Kairos Dance Theatre is to transform and revitalize individuals and communities. We work with older adults in intergenerational settings to liberate the healing power of interactive dance and story. We achieve our mission by engaging the skills of professional teaching artists.

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