March 25 + March 28 - April 8, 2022 (work days)
Due to the limited number of audience, registration is necessary for this module. In case you are unable to come on the day of the event, please let us know in time so that another guest has a chance to see the performance. Admission is free.
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.
400 N. Broad Street
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
Duration: 10 mins + optional building tour 30 mins
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.
Masked audiences are welcome for a brief guided tour of the new PPD Headquarters immediately following the performance.
Special Thanks: Chief Inspector Altovise Love-Craighead, Shavon Norris, Bellisant Corcoran Mathe,Eileen Behr, and Shinjoo Cho for Transcreation.
440 N Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
When it comes to schooling
A Solo by Fred Schmidt-Arenales with Frank Machos
Duration: 20 mins
This solo explores concepts of authority, discipline, and conditioning within The School District of Philadelphia. The piece will incorporate short phrases of spoken language sourced from interviews on these topics with school district students. These phrases provide the raw material for a back track that the soloist (Frank Machos, Executive Director, Office of The Arts & Creative Learning) will play along with on saxophone. The performance will also incorporate pedagogical elements from Frank’s experience as a music teacher, and engage questions of standardization and tradition in arts pedagogy.
Composition by: Jacob Brunner
Voiced by: Maia Chao, Hal Cosentino, Alex Stein, Akeema-Zane
Special Thanks: Zion Brooks, Willem Cousineau, Alfred Henderson Safier, Ida Jane Henderson Safier, Eleanor Rigby, Ingeborg Rigby, Jonah Rigby, Maddie Muth, Nathan Wesner, Bellisant Corcoran Mathe
The Pavilion at the Hospital of the University Of Pennsylvania
1 Convention Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Art of Repair
Duration: 15 mins
“It is everyone’s job to author conditions where repair is possible.”* What does this mean for a large, powerful healthcare system? How does such a system repair past wrongs? How does it adopt and nurture aptitudes, attitudes and competencies that disrupt socializations that perpetuate domination and ethical deafness and numbness? Where, and with whom, does creating and sustaining conditions for repair begin?
*Stauffer, Jill. Ethical Loneliness: the injustice of not being heard. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015
Special Thanks to: Horace Delisser, David Cribb, Kathleen Margay, Andalyn Young
1424 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
27 ONWARD: Dancing in the Revolution
Duration: 25 mins
At the age of 27, Jonathan Stein fought for immigrants' rights at the U.S. Supreme Court alongside his colleagues and won. That was the 1970s, and just the beginning of a life spent making room for compassion in our harsh world. The attorneys at Community Legal Services have provided free legal aid and representation to low-income people for more than half a century. They have been a voice for those facing racism, poverty, and other forms of violence from unjust laws and institutions. For as long as he has practiced law, Jonathan has also been a professional modern dancer. He will be the voice of 27 ONWARD, performed inside the home of Community Legal Services. The stage will be set on the 2nd floor, overlooking a magnificent arch of historic Mercer tiles depicting images that celebrate the lives of working people. See you there!
Special Thanks To: Cheryl-Lyn Bentley, Andalyn Young, Aida Cruz, Leah Stein, Kai Talim and the Philly Typewriter for vintage typewriter donations
1400 JFK Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107
An Interruption of Thunder
A Solo by Yolanda Wisher with Reverend Naomi Washington-Leapheart
Duration: 15 mins
A folk sermon in the spirit of early Black feminist preachers such as Sojourner Truth and Rebecca Jackson, a free Black woman who founded a Shaker community in Philadelphia. This moment of oratory is cousin to James Weldon Johnson’s God’s Trombones, a collection of poems shaped by African American sermons and spirituals. The performance seeks to interrupt “business as usual” at City Hall and reimagine civic engagement as sacred ritual.
Special thanks to: Taylor Daukaus, Jason Lewis, A&G, Kelly Lee, Chief Inspector Altovise Love-Craighead, Maddie Muth, Shavon Norris, Teddy Poneman, Tu Ngyuen, ED CLS, Aida CLS, Brent White, Eileen Behr, PennMed Horace