On Buried Ground
2024

A performance and exhibition reveal the histories of enslaved and freed people of African descent in Philadelphia during the American colonial era. Dance artist Shayla-Vie Jenkins and playwright Angela Bey develop an evening of theatrical storytelling, informed by archival records and new scholarship, along with an exhibition of artifacts, an interactive story map, and a series of public discussions featuring historians, artists, and archivists.

All performances at 7:00pm nightly. 

Wednesday, September 4 (preview show)
Thursday, September 5
Friday, September 6
Saturday, September 7
Thursday, September 12
Friday, September 13
Saturday, September 14

Tickets coming soon.

Live performances are complimented by On Buried Ground – Embodied Histories, Dreams, and Memories, an immersive exhibition that brings to life everyday acts of resilience and survival by Black people, both free and enslaved, in colonial Philadelphia. Through speculative storytelling and tangible peaks into the interiority of some of the individuals portrayed in the On Buried Ground performance, the visitor will deepen their experience of the ancestors called forth.

Support for On Buried Ground

Major support for On Buried Ground has been provided by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.