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History, Reality, Truth

Grace Exhibition Space
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A night of performance taking on questions of history, reality and truth in the soul and spirit featuring:

Jaguar Mary
Raha Behnam
Fracesco Kiais
Kara Lynch
Ken Butler

Friday, April 6
Doors 9:00 9:30 Performances
By Donation



My interests, and the directives that have driven my own art
practice, involve black feminist discourse, questions of history,
reality and truth as they relate to science and the unknown,
and the purpose of the soul/spirit in art.

My practice uses interactive structures that involve movement,
narrative and ritual practices like chanting, repeated gestures
and gazing, to create a sensate journey that audience
practitioners become a part of and are invested in. I am also a
glossolalia vocalist. I use speaking in tongues in addition to
previously written lyrics, as elements in a performance score. I
am interested in how the archetypes of shaman, healer,
activist, muse and storyteller impact the public realm and how
they can be used to heal and guide us in times of trouble. No
doubt, we are in troubling times now and I believe that it is my
role as an artist to activate and be part of a remembering of the
transforming power of communal space.

Improvisation in the context of my work is born from the
experience of embodying the affects of the narrative that is
being revealed during a performance. It’s a form of attunement
between all practitioners present - the artist and the audience
members in the space.


Francesco Kiais graduated in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice in 1990, having attended, among others, courses in Theory and method of the Mass Media, History of filmmaking, Art History, Technique of Photography, Music History, Graphic Techniques, Design, Theory of the form and perception psychology.

In recent years, he extended his work research to the pedagogical and didactic potential of the artistic/performative practice, working also with children and adolescents. He is focused now his on the artistic practice and promotion of Performance Art, as well on the analysis of the many different forms of actuation of a Performance.


Raha is an Iranian-born, Canadian-raised, US-based artist, and first-generation immigrant. She has studied and performed in the San Francisco Bay Area with Abby Crain, Kathleen Hermesdorf and Sara Shelton Mann, and in the DC area with Pearson/Widrig Dance Company, and DEVIATED THEATRE. She is currently concerned with systems and practices for collective healing, and engaged in liberation work through community-based counseling. She holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning and Bachelor’s degrees in Dance and Anthropology.