In the wake of continued loss artists Emily Bate and Shayla-Vie Jenkins each present new meditations in the Christ Church Burial Ground. Each work, sited in one of the oldest resting places in Philadelphia, considers grief and communal gatherings of public healing. Bate and Jenkins each acknowledge the burial ground as a tender and troubled place that holds layers of the city’s history — casting it as a space that is ultimately as much about futures created together as it is the past.
This program is curated and organized by Katy Dammers and produced by Christ Church Neighborhood House.
Emily Bate is a harmony fanatic, obsessed with cooking up voice sounds with people in the seething soup of humanity. This manifests in a wide variety of disciplines (music performance, theater, film, social practice) and roles (composer, vocalist, arranger, conductor, facilitator, performer). Emily founded and conducts a 65-member queer community chorus called Trust Your Moves, an experiment in collective singing designed around liberation and co-creation.