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Past Production

Death Become Life: Banish Darkness

By JooWan Kim (Composer); Marc Brew (Choreographer); and Star Finch (Playwright)
Directed by Mina Morita
Nov 16–Nov 17
Venue: Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre

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JooWan Kim (Composer); Marc Brew (Choreographer); and Star Finch (Playwright)

A woman asks of the world, “Nothing feels real anymore…what could you possibly still believe in?” Featuring internationally-renowned, revolutionary Bay Area musicians, dancers, and theater artists, this immersive, experiential journey will drop you into an eerily familiar and surreal day in this woman’s life. Come witness the ever-present questions in your mind come to life, dance to exhaustion, and find breath in this enveloping expression of our humanity.

This multi-disciplinary vision unites JooWan Kim, a pianist/composer who integrates classical compositional techniques with hip hop for his orchestral Ensemble Mik Nawooj; Crowded Fire Theater Company, which has 20 years experience developing innovative new plays that break traditional boundaries; and AXIS Dance Company, an ensemble that is changing the face of dance and disability.


Ensemble Mik Nawooj

Photo by Ian Davis

Choreographer Marc Brew at a July 2018 development workshop of Death Become Life: Banish Darkness. 

Photo by Adam Tolbert


National Endowment for the Arts
The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation
Red Sand Media Partners
Zellerbach Family Foundation

Tina Brier & David Shapiro
Tiffany Cothran & Kieran Ringgenberg
Nancy Olson

Additional funding for this Matchbox Production comes from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.