Interactive Performance

Rise Choir

August 18, 2024
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

A photo of a group of people marching through a neighborhood. They are holding rods with house-shaped symbols, made in different colors.
Peoplehood Parade performance with Rise Choir, adrienne maree brown, and Spiral Q. Photo credit: Joe Piette.

Rise Choir is a genderful collective of singers that share music in free, public spaces. Led by Rose composer Pax Ressler, Rise Choir invites audiences to live into their fully embodied, queer, trans, singing selves. Through singing into our shared values, Rise Choir leads audiences in simple, soul-stirring, easy to learn songs, rehearsing the shared vision of a better world.

Whether you are an experienced singer or simply want to dip your toes in, please join us. There is no preparation needed—you and your voice are welcome!

Co-presented with The Bearded Ladies Cabaret in conjunction with John Jarboe: The Rose Garden.

Event Information

August 18, 2024
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Green Room, Second Floor Gallery


Free (suggested $5 donation) | Advance registration required


Museum Hours

Please note that the rest of the museum, including The Rose Garden exhibition, will be closed during this event. To plan your visit to the gallery, please reserve timed tickets during our regular museum hours.

About the Participants

A portrait of Pax Ressler, a white non-binary transfeminine person with should-length blonde hair. Standing outdoors, they are wearing a pink beanie, black jacket, and purple-colored shirt.Pax Ressler (they/she) is a non-binary transfeminine composer, organizer and cabaret theater artist who uses music as a participatory tool to invigorate our collective imaginations toward social change. Pax invites the performer-audience collective to rehearse their values and imagine a better world together through political cabaret (“Contradict This!”), communal singing (Rise Choir), and trans and non-binary advocacy (Genderfunk Philly). Their compositions and arrangements have been performed around the world, on the streets in protests and parades (“Ceasefire” by adrienne maree brown and Rise Choir), and in cultural institutions like Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington, D.C., and La Mama ETC, New York, NY, and FringeArts, Philadelphia, PA (John Jarboe’s “Rose: You Are Who You Eat”), and the Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, PA (“Hilma”). Pax has released two albums centering trans identity (“Change” and “dreams”) and is developing a cabaret about American Girl Dolls to investigate the hidden truths of US American history and childhood with collaborator Jackie Soro.

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Major support for John Jarboe: The Rose Garden has been generously provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state art funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.