MOSES(ES)

An evening-length dance performance that questions how we lead and why we follow.

By Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

Courtesy of Reggie Wilson / Fist and Heel Performance Group

Moses(es) premiere at FringeArts Philadelphia (2013) by Artistic Director/Choreographer: Reggie WilsonReggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

Moses(es) premiere (2013) by Artistic Director, Choreogrpaher, Performer: Reggie WilsonReggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

Grounded in Choreographer, Reggie Wilson’s re-reading of Zora Neale Hurston’s Moses, Man of the Mountain (the Moses story told as a Southern folk tale in African-American vernacular), and with his exploratory travels to Israel, Egypt, Turkey and Mali, Moses(es) examines the migration of peoples and culture from Africa out into the World. 

Moses(es) premiere at FringeArts Philadelphia (2013) by Artistic Director/Choreogrpaher: Reggie WilsonReggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

"Ideas lead to other ideas and accumulate in clusters before he translates them into sensual, structurally complex performances." - New York Times

Moses(es) premiere (2013) by Artistic Director/Choreographer: Reggie WilsonReggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

Moses(es) Promotional Sizzle (2015) by Choreographer: Reggie WilsonReggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

Moses(es) premiere (2013) by Artistic Director/Choreographer: Reggie WilsonReggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

"His work explores multiple strands of African-American dance, organizing them with a wide range of geometrical ideas and rhythmic structures."Alastair Macaulay (New York Times)

Reggie Wilson in Moses(es) by Peggy Woosley (2013) by Choreographer : Reggie WilsonReggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

More Moses(es)

After successful premieres of the original evening-length work, …Moses(es)| St. Cornelius Chapel on Governor's Island is an opportunity for the artist and audiences to engage more deeply in the material and Wilson’s perspective while experiencing the work in a site-based format. Co-commissioned by New England Foundations for the Arts’ National Dance Project, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and LMCC

...Moses(es) - a site sensitive work (2014) by Fist and Heel Performance GroupReggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

Moses(es): milwaukee made (2015) by Artistic Director/Choreographer: Reggie WilsonReggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

Even More Moses(es)

For this fifth collaboration between Alverno Presents and Lynden Sculpture Garden, Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group will present his latest work, Moses(es), a look at the many representations of Moses in the mythical, canonical, and ethnographic imaginations, to ask: how do we lead and why do we follow? Joined by his Fist & Heel Performance Group and members of diverse Milwaukee communities, and set to live vocalizations from the African diaspora, Reggie is making a site-specific iteration of Moses(es) especially for the Sculpture Garden.

Moses(es): milwaukee made (2015) by Artistic Director/Choreographer: Reggie WilsonReggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

Fist and Heel Performance Group at Lynden Sculpture Garden (2015) by by Erik Ljung3Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

Moses(es): milwaukee made (2015) by Artistic Director/Choreographer: Reggie WilsonReggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

Moses(es) - premiere FringeArts Philadelphia (2013) by Artistic Director/Choreographer: Reggie WilsonReggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

"The movement sustained a muscular power and psychological drive that throbbed with a kinesthetic impact on the viewer...  into a glorying of movement in all its fluidity" - ABQ Journal

Credits: Story

Choreography by Reggie Wilson
Exhibit Creator Raja Feather Kelly
Lighting Design by Jonathan Belcher
Costume Design by Naoko Nagata
Dramaturgy by Susan Manning
Cast: Rhetta Aleong, Dwayne Brown, Yeman Brown, Paul Hamilton, Lawrence Harding, Raja Feather Kelly, Clement Mensah and Anna Schon and Reggie Wilson
Music: Louis Armstrong; The Klezmatics; Amahlokohlo; Ngqoko Women’s Ensemble; Mazaher; Aly Us; The Growling Tiger; Bi Kidude; Southern Sons; The Blind Boys of Alabama.
Live vocals-original composed by Reggie Wilson
Traditional live vocals arranged by Reggie Wilson
Sound Engineered by Dave Synder
Assistant to Engineer Matt Hall
Choreographic Advisor: Phyllis Lamhut
Math/Fractal Symmetry Consultant: Jesse Wolfson

WORLD PREMIERE
Philadelphia Fringe Arts
Suzanna Roberts Theater
September 19-21 2013

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