Seeking 3 people (All sizes, ages, etc.) who can walk proudly and move with assurance in ceremonial robes. Distance four blocks. The tone is somber and elevated. Dress rehearsal Friday, June 24, 6-8pm. Procession on Saturday, June 25, call time 3:30pm. Over by 5:30pm. Meeting point is the William Way Community Center. Compensation $100. If interested please send a short video of you moving or walking to Alex, [email protected]

Also casting:
– Twenty-four pallbearers, 5’7-6′ and under 220 pounds. Pay is $60. If interested please send a full body photo of yourself to [email protected]
– Three powerfully voiced readers (all ages, genders etc.) for the written portions to be spoken aloud. Compensation is $250. If interested please send a short video of you speaking to [email protected]

About the project:
After hearing reports of ashes unclaimed for decades at one of the few Philadelphia-area funeral homes that would receive the bodies of people taken by HIV in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, Alex Stadler began the creation of a collaborative artist-made funeral for these and all individuals who were abandoned during that period, before, during or after their deaths. With funding from the Pew Charitable Trust, Stadler has commissioned work from a team of living artists – sculptor /textile artist Liz Collins, composer Kinan Abou-Afach and costumer/clothing designers Claire Fleury and Henry Lau, has himself created funeral urns and will incorporate works from three writers who died in those first 10 years of the crisis (Reinaldo Arenas, Melvin Dixon and Christopher Coe).

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