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When The Fall Comes by Adriana Marchione
Noh Space Theater
San Francisco, CA
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When The Fall Comes by Adriana Marchione
'When the Fall Comes' is a performance that chronicles the loss of a spouse and the dreams that guide the path of the one left behind.

This show features dance and choreography by Travis Santell Rowland and artistic support by Erika Chong Shuch

Using dance, poetry and spoken word this show shares reflections about grief, memory, and the variety of ways healing after loss can take shape.

'When the Fall Comes' was originally performed at Noh Space Theater January 2013 as a personal healing ritual. Based on this experience, it was made clear to me that a broader audience could benefit from witnessing the performance. In addition to these October shows, I am also creating a short film that documents the process of using the arts as a tool to support the grief process.

The inspiration for this show was originally initiated by my own healing journey after the loss of my husband in June of 2007 from lung cancer. I documented dreams, memories and created poetry about my experiences for several years, which then culminated into this performance as well as a small book of poetry. In addition to my personal motivation to do this work, I am also influenced as an expressive arts therapist, and in my role as a faculty member at the Tamalpa Institute. I support clients and students in their use of creativity as a vehicle to express personal stories and life experiences in an effort to achieve greater health and vitality.

The hope for this project is to provide a venue for further reflection and dialogue for people who have suffered from the loss of a significant other or loved one. I also hope it will demonstrate that the arts can provide an opportunity to allow inexpressible feelings and experiences to be seen and heard.  We live in a culture where there are so few opportunities to honor loss and to explore the emotional and spiritual disorientation that occurs from grief. There will be an opportunity for focused dialogue and feedback at the theater directly following the Oct. 11 performance, as well as opportunities to talk with others after the other two performances.


Adriana Marchione, MA, REAT, RSMT has been involved in the arts for over twenty years as an exhibiting visual artist, dancer, arts curator, performer and healing artist. For the last decade, she has been an innovator in her work as expressive arts therapist, somatic movement therapist and educator, and has facilitated workshops and classes at a variety of institutions and organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Sonoma State University, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Mandana Community Recovery Center, Epiphany Center for Women and Children, and Art Institute of California.  Adriana is core faculty member of theTamalpa Institute, an internationally renowned training center for movement-based expressive arts therapy, and a group facilitator at La Ventana Eating Disorder program where she uses movement and body-based work to support recovery.  She has presented at international conferences for expressive arts, drama therapy and related fields, and spearheaded many noteworthy projects and programs including the Spirit in the Arts exhibit program at California Institute of Integral Studies where she was art curator and director from 2002-2009. She also was paramount in developing 543 Wellness, a collaborative healing arts collective in the Castro district of San Francisco in 2008.  She continues to research both experientially and didactically the ways that the arts and a body-based orientation can foster healthy living in individuals and communities.


I am actively seeking donations to support the production of this show, as well as the film that I am creating in connection with the performance itself. The intention of the performance is to highlight how the arts and the work of expressive arts therapy can support healing of the grief process, and the film's goal is to reach a broader audience of people who can benefit from this creative work.

THANK YOU for your generosity. Be it through attending the performance, your generous donations, or your encouragement for my work, your kindness is profoundly noted. It is through the help of every one of you that 'When the Fall Comes' has become a dream, realized.



Noh Space Theater (View)
2840 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States

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Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance

Minimum Age: 12
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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