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.
Saturday, Sep 11, 2021 – 6:30pm Shayla-Vie Jenkins
Appropriate for all ages
Topics of Grief and Loss
About the Artists
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. Recent projects include: the “CSA,” a subscription art service that sends packages of interactive art to peoples’ home in the mail; the score for the film Queer Genius by Catherine Pancake; several shows with frequent collaborator Erin Markey, including the anarcho-musical A Ride on the Irish Cream, featuring “accessible, often punchy pop-rock” (New York Times), and “soaring musical numbers” (Artforum) that were “startlingly gorgeous, and packed with heavenly harmonies” (New York Post); and a composing collaboration with installation artist Patrick Costello. Emily has worked with artists like MJ Kaufman, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, and Mal Cherifi, and her work has been performed at venues across the US and UK. Emily’s work has been supported by an Independence Foundation Fellowship, two Leeway Art & Change Awards, the MAP Fund, Art is Essential, the SBMA grant, and more.
Shayla-Vie Jenkins is a performer, teacher, and maker whose current research and practice explores blackness, presence, and liberation. Shayla-Vie performed with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company from 2005–2016. During her tenure, the company received two ensemble New York Dance and Performance Awards for Chapel Chapter (2007) at Harlem Stage and for the “Outstanding Revival” of D-Man In The Waters (2013) at The Joyce Theater. She has restaged notable BTJAZ works at universities nationwide and continues to teach for the company at the American Dance Festival. Shayla-Vie has most recently performed in projects with Yara Travieso, Ni’Ja Whitson, Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born (Sitting on a Man’s Head), Yvonne Rainer (Part of Some Sextets), David Gordon (The Philadelphia Matter 1972/2020), and James Allister Sprang. She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.