Reggie Wilson / Fist n’ Heel Performance Group


2013 Lab + Hatchery Project Artist: Reggie Wilson / Fist and Heel Performance Group

Reggie-WilsonReggie Wilson has deeply researched the dance traditions of the African diaspora and has been described as a dance ethnography artist. He combines movement languages of African slave and spiritual cultures in the Americas with post-modern elements and his own personal style to create what he calls “post-African/Neo-HooDoo Modern” dances. With this unique artistic vision, he founded Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group.

In his project, The Good Dance, Wilson traced the migration routes of his family from the Mississippi River Delta north to Milwaukee. Investigating human migration routes led Wilson to the question, “Who was and is Moses?” and into his work, Moses(es)Moses(es) is a full-length dance performance that looks at how we lead and why we follow. Grounded in Wilson’s exploratory travels to Israel, Egypt, Turkey, and Mali, Moses(es) examines the migration of people and culture from Africa out into the wider world and examines how migration affects and shapes beliefs. In Vermont, Wilson and his collaborators recorded vocal tracks at Guilford Sound, created a sound montage and performed a Community Shout at the Broad Brook Grange in Guilford, VT.

This residency is part of The Hatchery Project, a new collaborative residency initiative with The Chocolate Factory (Long Island City, NY), Live Arts Brewery/Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (Philadelphia, PA), Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL), and Vermont Performance Lab (Guilford, VT) and is made possible with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional support the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional support for the Vermont residency is provided by VPL’s Creation Fund donors.

View the project timeline at The Hatchery Project.

A personal account: Rhetta Aleong performer with Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group

Vermont Performance Lab March 10-17, 2013

My disclaimer: The views expressed here are those of Rhetta and not necessarily those of Fist and Heel. Names have not been changed to protect those involved.  

[Continue] Brooklyn to Guilford, VT. Estimated driving time 3.5 hours give or take or give and get; Clear, safe transit out of Gotham’s limits. Going north; sign of things to come.

In Reggie’s timeline of (project) Moseses Project, the vocal residency (Reggie Wilson, Lawrence Harding, Rhetta Aleong) was strategically placed as he constructs and focuses this evening-length work which World premiers in September at Philly Live Arts and has a New York premiere in December on the BAM Next Wave Festival 2013.