Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group: …they stood shaking while others began to shout – Danspace Project
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Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group: …they stood shaking while others began to shout

Photo by Ian Douglas; edited by Raja Feather Kelly
Photo by Ian Douglas; edited by Raja Feather Kelly

Monday, January 7, 8pm
Tuesday, January 8, 8pm
Thursday, January 10, 8pm
Friday, January 11, 8pm
Saturday, January 12, 8pm
Each performance is followed by a conversation with Reggie Wilson.

Co-presented by Danspace Project and Gibney as part of American Realness 2019.

Commissioned and premiered on the occasion of Reggie Wilson-curated Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches, and Downtown Dance (Platform 2018) …they stood shaking while others began to shout is a dynamic tapestry that recalls the past into the present moment.

This work is influenced by Wilson’s ongoing research related to Ring Shouts and traditional American Baptist, Trinidad and Tobagonian Spiritual Baptist, and Shaker praise songs. Major inspirations are the Black Shakers, particularly prominent Shaker Eldress, Mother Rebecca Cox Jackson; the Ibeji, an orisha (god) of the Yoruba religion that is represented by twins; the challenges of duets and pairing; and the 1995 work, The Littlest Baptist – Wilson’s first attempt at incorporating his field research of Black shout traditions into contemporary experimental performative theater.

Performed by Fist & Heel Performance Group: Hadar Ahuvia, Yeman Brown, Paul Hamilton, Raja Feather Kelly, Clement Mensah, Gabi Silva, Annie Wang and Michelle Yard
Live vocals by Rhetta Aleong and Lawrence Harding