March 31, 2022
1400 JFK Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Fri March 25 + Mon March 28 - Fri April 8, 2022 (Week Days Only)
Duration: 15 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.
Meet in City Hall Courtyard near Rehearsing Philadelphia sign.
Masks and proof of vaccination required at box office.Performance begins promptly as scheduled and lasts approximately 15 minutes. Performance is for a standing-audience and takes place outdoors. No late entry. If you require accommodations, please contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
An Interruption of Thunder
A Solo by Yolanda Wisher with Reverend Naomi Washington-Leapheart
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,Teddy Poneman, Tu Huynh, Brent White, Andalyn Young
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