Program Details


with Melanya Helene
May 31 / 8:00 PM - June 1 / 9:30 PM

"Hopeless" is a timely and uplifting collection of stories, music and musings inspired by the writings of Pema Chodron on the nature of hope, fear and finding joy. A one-woman performance conceived, directed and performed by Melanya Helene.

Melanya Helene is an award-winning performer from Portland, Oregon and the artistic director of The Brooklyn Bay, a non-profit arts organization committed to integrating mindfulness and performance with everyday life. The founder of Mindfulness-Based Improvisation, Melanya's performance style is an engaging integration of dynamic movement, soulful singing with moments of profound stillness. Hopeless is the culmination of nearly 20 years exploring mindfulness and performance as an embodiment of empathy, kindness and fearlessness. Hopeless has played for over 12 weeks in Portland to sold out audiences.

"The play's Buddhist message about the impermanence and insubstantiality of life comes through the irony, yet there is a gentleness about this conclusion that is in keeping with the meditative mood of the entire performance. Most importantly, after the fade out is complete and all is silent, we are left with a sense of well being, as Helene's good will continues to resonate."
                                   (Richard Wattenberg, The Oregonian)

Co-sponsored by the Seattle Shambhala Center and The Brooklyn Bay.

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Location: Two Dog Yoga Studio (in the Lake City neighborhood), 12549 28th Ave. NE, Seattle.

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