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Mar 25, 2020, 6:30PM–8PM

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Performance: Harmony Holiday

Karyn Olivier: Everything That's Alive Moves, 2020. Installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Photo by: Constance Mensh.

With great regret we are postponing this event with Harmony Holiday, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the university’s recommendation to curtail events until further notice. We hope to reschedule this program soon and will send out notification when we do. Please check our website for updates.

On May 13, 1985, the Philadelphia Police Department dropped a makeshift bomb from a helicopter onto the 6200 block of Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia, following a heated standoff between its authorities and the members of MOVE, a Black liberation group founded by John Africa in 1972 that embraced self-determination, eco-justice, and a society free of modern constraints.

In conjunction with Karyn Olivier: Everything That’s Alive Moves, writer and dancer Harmony Holiday presents a processional performance that draws from the legacy and contemporary reverberations of the MOVE Bombing in West Philadelphia. Using this tragic event as both muse and dirge, Holiday bridges film, poetry, and ritual to animate real notions of reparations and atonement that move beyond abstract hagiography and fetishization of tragedy.


Harmony Holiday is a writer, dancer and the author of five collections of poetry, including the forthcoming Maafa (April 2020). Holiday is an archivist of jazz poetics and has a related curatorial practice. She is at work on a play commissioned by the Hammer Museum for Made in L.A. 2020: a version, in addition to other writing, film, and curatorial projects.