Celebrated choreographer Reggie Wilson and his Fist and Heel Performance Group conjure some surprising truths in his “post-African/neo-HooDoo modern dance” performance, POWER, that’s set to appear on the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre on May 28 and 29. Here is what you should know:
With a varied soundtrack spanning The Staple Singers to Meredith Monk to Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers, POWER connects American Black and Shaker traditions to bring to you what Black Shaker worship could look like.
A Little More…
Fist & Heel Performance Group is a Brooklyn-based dance company that investigates the intersections of cultural anthropology and movement practices and believes in the potential of the body as a valid means for knowing. The group has received support from major foundations and corporations and has performed at notable venues in the United States and abroad.
A fun fact about POWER: Mathematician, Reggie Wilson, was brought in to calculate the patterns of movement the dancers make and the steps they take in terms of numbers. They then analyzed those numbers to discover what spiritual meaning they had, if any. Find out more by watching Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Reggie Wilson on Making POWER.
About the Creative Team
POWER is choreographed by Executive and Artistic Director, Choreographer, and Performer, Reggie Wilson. Wilson founded Fist & Heel Performance Group, in 1989. He draws from the cultures of Africans in the Americas and combines them with postmodern elements and his own personal movement style to create what he often calls “post-African/Neo-HooDoo Modern dances.”
Costume Designers: Naoko Nagata and Enver Chakartash
Lighting Designer: Jonathan Belcher
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Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group – POWER will take the stage at the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre once on May 28 and twice on May 29.