Join ‘Tangles in Time’ Artistic Director, Teya Sepinuck who will present films of performances from the original Theater of Witness production created and performed by people living with dementia, care partners and healthcare professionals. These true stories of love, loss illness and caring invite audiences to connect and build empathy—even through changes in memory, identity and time. The presentation also includes live discussion with some of the participants/performers about the healing effects of creative story-telling.

For more information about bringing the ‘Tangles in Time’ Presentation to your venue, contact Teya at: teya@theaterofwitness.org


Upcoming Events and Presentations

Narrative Medicine Conference
Saturday, December 7th, 1-2:30pm

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine
3500 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Join us for a ‘Tangles in Time’ presentation from 1-2:30pm, including films and discussion with some of the performers. The presentation will be co-produced by Teya Sepinuck, Theater of Witness Artistic Director, and Megan Voeller, the Director of Humanities at Thomas Jefferson University.

The conference is taking place 8am-5pm and is open to the public. Registration is required at https://www.lksomnarrativemedicine.org/

About the conference: The first in Lewis Katz School of Medicine history, our [Narrative Medicine] conference welcomes healthcare students, professionals, and other interested individuals to explore various forms of narrative expression, sharpen their critical eye, and nurture their humanity…We’ve got an exciting day planned with workshops and discussions to explore what Narrative Medicine is, its role and value, and the many forms it can take in a medical or health-allied career. Guest talks from physicians and artists sprinkled throughout the day will give us insight into improving care for patients and building a career that celebrates narratives.


Watch a sample of the stories here:

Visit the Tangles in Time website for more films, photos, and information.

 


Tangles in Time was an original Theater of Witness performance created and performed by people living with dementia, care partners and health professionals. Based on the performers’ own true stories of love, loss, illness and caring, the production weaved together live performance with original music, film and visual imagery. Co-produced by Thomas Jefferson University and Theater of Witness, the development of ‘Tangles in Time’ is led by Teya Sepinuck, founder and artistic director of Theater of Witness. The live performances took place at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral on September 14th and 15th, 2019.

   

  

Photography by Raymond Holman

Reflections and Endorsements

“It is a gift that puts love at the center. I feel gratitude for your vision, compassion, community and voice.” – Audience member

“Thank you for reminding me that love has no boundaries, no age, and defies the test of time.” – Audience member

“Simply beautiful. This gives hope and inspiration for the future.” – Audience member

What a moving and motivating presentation! I am so grateful for the opportunity to experience ‘Tangles in Time’;  to be able to witness the stories of those who are living with dementia either as the patient or caregiver.  I learned so much from their words, their stories, and from the Artistic Director, Teya Sepinuck.  Thank you for sharing your talents and stories with us, and for helping us to become better caregivers in our work and in our lives.” 

Patricia Curtin, MD, FACP, CMD

Section Chief, Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Medicine Education Coordinator, Dept of Medicine Residency Program

Medical Director, Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Units—Christiana Hospital-6A & Wilmington Hospital-8S

 

As one who is not easily moved emotionally, ‘Tangles in Time’ touched my heart in a very special way through its beautiful artistic design and meaningful delivery from caregivers and clinicians.  It enabled me to join them in their experiences, walk in their shoes, and learn important life lessons that I can use to be a better person and caregiver.

Cheryl Botbyl, Wellbeing Program Coordinator

Center for Provider Wellbeing

ChristianaCare Health System

Read about ‘Tangles in Time’ on the Tangles in Time website or in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

Tangles in Time has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.