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Heather Bowlan and Melinda Rice


Categories: Music, Immersive/Interactive Experience, Storytelling

Dates: September 16, 2023

Run Time: 60 mins

Venue: Laurel Hill East Cemetery


“Reclaiming systems, reframing progress–a modern exploration of legacy through live string music and spoken word.” -ChatGPT


“Nothing as compared in frankness to what is coming.” –Edward Bok


Social progression and its complications are the central themes of this ambient violin and poetry work by Heather Bowlan and Melinda Rice, performed at the graveside of Philadelphia publisher Edward Bok. Together we’ll explore the change in relationship between humans and our physical environment in the transition from life to death, as well as other meanings of progression–legacy, relationships, economy—through the lens of Bok’s far-reaching life.


This show will take place outdoors at Laurel Hill East, a historic cemetery located at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Limited free parking is available in lots across the street from the cemetery, but guests are encouraged to use Lyft/Uber or public transit if possible. Please visit for more information.

Will Call will open 30 minutes before the event starts.This event will take place inside the cemetery, a short walk (10 minutes maximum) from the main entrance. Seating is BYO blankets and lawn chairs. Accessible seating and parking are available. For additional accessibility accommodations and questions, please contact


A rain date for the performance will be the following day, September 17, 2pm and 4pm.

Since 1978, the Friends of Laurel Hill has continued to serve as stewards of two historic cemeteries as well as curating year-round programs, tours, and events. Laurel Hill East is a Victorian cemetery founded in 1836, a National Historic Landmark, and an immersive outdoor performance environment for shapeshifters and taphophiles.

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About the Artist

re:claim is an ongoing collaboration between Heather Bowlan and Melinda Rice. They have previously collaborated on an interactive poetry web experience, highlights and blackouts. Heather Bowlan’s [ ] poetry and criticism have appeared in the anthology Feminisms in Motion, the New Ohio Review, the Anarchist Review of Books, the Ploughshares blog, and elsewhere. Melinda Rice [] is a violinist interested in creating space for genuine reaction. Melinda has two albums of original works and just released the first track of an album project on Strange Woman Records. 


  • Heather BowlanCo-creator
  • Melinda RiceCo-creator

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