Virtual Third Thursday: Be Holding Project

Friday, February 23, 2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm


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Our Third Thursday event for February explores BE HOLDING,  an original performance created by poet Ross Gay, composer Tyshawn Sorey, new music ensemble Yarn/Wire, and director Brooke O’Harra. Inspired by Philadelphia 76ers basketball legend “Dr. J” and his iconic baseline scoop in the 1980 NBA Finals, Be Holding meditates on America’s history of racial violence in search of Black genius, justice, and joy. Produced by Girard College, a tuition-free boarding school for underserved youth that was at the center of Philadelphia’s civil rights movement, Be Holding opens the school’s historic campus to the city and fosters conversation on social justice issues that continue to impact its majority Black population today.

This conversation brings together key creative voices including poet and performer Yolanda Wisher, poet and performer David Gaines, director/artist Brooke O'Harra, and Ross Gay himself.



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Center for Experimental Ethnography
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