April 08, 2022
400 N. Broad Street
Meeting point is the North West corner of Broad & Callowhill -- look for the yellow Rehearsing Philadelphia sandwich board
Fri March 25 + Mon March 28 - Fri April 8, 2022 (Week Days Only)
Duration: 10 mins + optional building tour 30 mins
Due to the limited number of audience, registration is necessary for this module. Please only register if you are able to attend. Admission is free.
Philadelphia Police Department Headquarters
The performance at the Philadelphia Police Department Headquarters is designed to be experienced exclusively by women, nonbinary or trans identified people. Ticket reservations are limited to these individuals. People who identify as cisgendered men are welcome to attend any of the other Solo locations.
*This guideline also applies to media, journalists and other press inquiries related to the PPD location. Please consider assignments accordingly.
Meet at the corner of Broad & Callowhill to check in. This performance is standing and will take place outdoors. Performance will happen rain or shine.
Masks and proof of vaccination required at box office. Performance begins promptly as scheduled and lasts approximately 15 minutes. No late entry. Please email us if you require accommodations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Masked audiences are welcome for a brief guided tour of the new PPD Headquarters immediately following the performance.
로 아라 (TTOGBALO SAL-ALA)
“GIVE ME ONE MOMENT IN TIME WHEN I'M MORE THAN I THOUGHT I COULD BE.”
A Solo by Ei Arakawa with Officer Stephanie Velazquez
Stephanie Velazquez, a Philadelphia Police officer, participated in a Korean language training program in 1994 as part of her work to strengthen the relationship between the Korean American community and the PPD. Around then, the officer met with Siani Lee, a popular Korean-American anchor woman in KYW-TV (CBS Philly). With deep respect, Stephanie named her daughter Siani after her. Ei Arakawa suggested that Stephanie sing a love song both in English and Korean dedicated to this personal relationship. The artist also asks that this be a special performance only for female and non-binary audience members who are invited to celebrate female empowerment in a male dominant workplace. The performance takes place outdoors at the corner below the PPD headquarter building. Tea will be served.
Special Thanks: Chief Inspector Altovise Love-Craighead, Shavon Norris, Bellisant Corcoran Mathe,Eileen Behr, and Shinjoo Cho for Transcreation.
This module, SOLO, has previously been realized by Ari Benjamin Meyers in Hong Kong and Moscow. The Philadelphia version, created in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic explores the individual's sense of isolation and powerlessness in the face of various underlying power structures in our society that visibly or invisibly determine our daily lives. Five locations in Philadelphia were selected, each representing a place of decision making, for which five international artists were asked to create a solo work to be performed by one of the location’s employees, responding to urgent questions of accessibility to knowledge, health, security, justice and power. The solos are performed by the employee during their regular working hours on site., The work is conceived as an intimate experience; only a small number of audience members at a time can get a glimpse of these otherwise unseen areas.
With Solo Performances by:
Ei Arakawa with Officer Stephanie Velazquez at Philadelphia Police Department Headquarters
Fred Schmidt-Arenales with Frank Machos at School District of Philadelphia
Yolanda Wisher with Reverend Naomi Washington-Leapheart at City Hall