Hyunjin Cha leads a traditional Korean percussion ensemble based in Philadelphia.Beginning with a samulnori group, she continues to explore and create new music for traditional percussion instruments.
Hyunjin Cha (artistic director) has been a performer and director of programming operations for Dulsori, a world-renowned Korean world music ensemble that has appeared in over 54 countries and prestigious festivals such as WOMAD, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Roskilde Rock Festival. The music is based on the traditional Korean performance of ‘Pungmul’, ‘Minyo’, and “Chukjae’.
Dancer, choreographer, video & improvisation artist, Merián Soto, is the creator of somatic aesthetic movement practices and creative methodologies— Branch Dancing and Modal Practice. She is Professor in the Esther Boyer College of Music & Dance at Temple University, and is Curator of the Reflection/Response Choreographic Commission. Soto is a 2019 United States Artist Doris Duke Fellow in Dance.
Soto will present a solo that collects movement and vocal practices developed in the past two years.
“Hermit High Priestess are two wandering spirits informed by an idealistic re-imagining of punk rock, where magic and incantation are as much a part of the punk rock process as are cryptically scrawled black t-shirts. Dani and Anna play music that is heavy, yet still somehow heavenly, forgoing the three-chord stomp and bash of yet another Ramones or Discharge reincarnation. Instead their music, like on “The Rake’s Wave”, a standout track on their forthcoming EP, infuses warm strings, mischievous bass and xylophone lines, along with Anna’s determined, heartfelt vocals ruminating on the necromantic nature of systems that corrupt our dreams.”-Alex Smith/WXPN The Key
Sasha V is the musical alias of Alex Vallejo. For nearly twenty years, they’ve played guitar in punk, goth, and folk bands in and around Philadelphia, DC, and Baltimore. Now primarily a pit orchestra musician, Alex co-founded the hardcore band Inspector Moon and often collaborates with George Korein and the Spleen.
Julia who performs under the stage alias Major Curl, is a Philadelphia-based performing artist that challenges the gender binary and what we define as art. Earning “Crowd Favorite” in Mr. Philly Drag King, Major creates work that blurs the lines between burlesque, drag, performance art, and dance. Most recently they performed gender bending art at The Amazing Brettzo’s “Misc Masc,” “Paula Deen’s Drag Kitchen,” Urban Movement Arts’ “Workinonit Deluxe Edition,” and “Not of this World | Not of This Binary” at the Front Street Dive. Major Curl is also the host of their own podcast “Curltalk” that features queer artists in the Philadelphia area. Major is committed to their beloved community of genderqueer performers and dancers, and looks forward to knocking your socks into the next dimension.
In addition, artwork by Sophie C. White will be on display. Born 1984 in New York, NY, Sophie White has lived and worked in Philadelphia, PA since 2009. She earned her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2017 and her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in 2006. Working primarily as a painter, Sophie makes sculptures and plays drums as well. She has exhibited and performed at numerous arts spaces in Philadelphia, New York City and elsewhere.
We are a grassroots direct-service and peer-based advocacy organization of: women, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and trans people in Philadelphia’s sex trade, providing women and femme-centered services with a focus on women working and living in the street economies in Kensington.
Why We Exist:
We exist because sex workers in our city (and around the world) are not having their basic human rights respected. Sex workers are stigmatized, criminalized, and killed for their profession. Our community deserves more, and we work to ensure people have access to basic needs and harm reduction supplies alongside our community building and advocacy efforts.
Established in Philadelphia in 2004, Project SAFE’s mission is to promote human rights-based public health and harm reduction among women, GNC, and trans people working in the sex and drug trades on the street in Philadelphia*. SAFE is an organization dedicated to ensuring the health, safety and survival of women & LGBT people on the street by providing advocacy, education and support using a harm reduction model. SAFE seeks to reduce the spread of HIV, hepatitis C and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among our community, and promote health and safety by empowering the community with relevant information and resources.