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The Making of "Are We Yet Somehow Alive?"

Ruth Naomi Floyd presents a pre-concert lecture and Q&A on the making of Are We Yet Somehow Alive?, a moving world premiere that pairs jazz, blues and gospel with fine art projections to share compelling first-person accounts from enslaved Africans in America.

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April 24, 2024, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Kislak Center Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, 6th Floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
Open to the Public

Hosted by: Kislak Center

Ruth Naomi Floyd

Vocalist and composer Ruth Naomi Floyd makes her Penn Live Arts debut this spring in Are We Yet Somehow Alive? a moving world premiere that pairs these narratives with original jazz, blues, and gospel music, accompanied by fine art projections. Floyd is an Equity in Action Visiting Scholar with Penn’s Office of Social Equity & Community.

In this pre-concert lecture and Q&A, Floyd will share the compelling first-person accounts of enslaved Africans in America. At the intersection of despair, endurance, and resistance, these narratives explore what it means to be human amidst the fight for liberation and against dehumanization.

This pre-concert talk is free and open to the public. RSVP using the link above. Tickets to the performance of Are We Yet Somehow Alive? can be purchased on the Penn Live Arts site.

Featured image: Ruth Naomi Floyd, publicity photo