The Company’s name is derived from enslaved Africans in the Americas who reinvented their spiritual traditions as a soulful art form that white and black authorities dismissed as merely ‘fist and heel worshipping'.

Balck Burlesque (revisited), Created in collaboration with: Fist and Heel Perfomance Group, Black Umfolosi, and Noble Douglas Dance Company, Project Lead: Reggie Wilson, Photo credit: Julieta Cervantes, 2003, From the collection of: Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group
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Reggie Wilson 2 (2016) by Photo credit: Aitor MendilibarReggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

The choreography of Reggie Wilson displays rigor, structure and craft in a postmodern dance vernacular. His choreography expands the limitations of textbook definitions of ‘black dance’ and range from strict dance pieces to full, all-inclusive performance art pieces with arranged vocalizations, text, and inclusion of other media. Fist and Heel’s performance works strive for authenticity and respect of Reggie Wilson’s creative vision.

CITIZEN, Choreographer: Reggie Wilson, 2016, From the collection of: Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group
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Fist and Heel Performance Group at Festival Kaay Fecc, Photo credit: Reggie Wilson, 2003, From the collection of: Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group
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CITIZEN at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Choreographer: Reggie Wilson, 2016, From the collection of: Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group
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Fist and Heel Performance Group in workshop (2003) by Artistic Director: Reggie WilsonReggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

Our Mission

Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group is a Brooklyn-based dance company whose mission is to create, research, develop, and present new performance work that investigates the intersections of culture and movement practices. The Company’s body-of-works draw from the spiritual and mundane traditions of Africa and its Diaspora. 

Balck Burlesque (revisited), Created in collaboration with: Fist and Heel Perfomance Group, Black Umfolosi, and Noble Douglas Dance Company, Project Lead: Reggie Wilson, Photo credit: Julieta Cervantes, 2003, From the collection of: Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group
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The Dew Wet (1997) by Choreographer: Reggie WilsonReggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

The Company has received support from major foundations and corporations and has performed in the United States and abroad at notable venues including Dance Theater Workshop, New York Live Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music, REDCAT, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Festival Kaay Fecc in Senegal. 

INTRODUCTION (Excerpt), Creation and Performance: Reggie WIlson, 2012, From the collection of: Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group
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Andréya Ouamba in workshop with Reggie Wilson (2004) by Photo credit: Reggie WilsonReggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

Fist and Heel believes in the potential of the body as a valid means for knowing. 

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Reggie Wilson Fist and Heel Performance Group

ADMINISTRATION
Rhetta Aleong, Administrator
Raja Feather Kelly, Personal Assistant to Reggie Wilson, Company/Tour Manager

PRODUCTION AND DESIGN
Jonathan Belcher, Senior Technical Director and Lighting Designer
Naoko Nagata, Costume Designer
Carrie Wood, Lighting Director
Christopher Kuhl, Technical Director and Lighting Designer
Enver Chakartash, Costume Designer
Aitor Mendilibar, Dance Cinematographer

Performers
Hadar Ahuvia, Yeman Brown, Paul Hamilton, Raja Feather Kelly, Clement Mensah, Gabi Silva, Annie Wang, Michelle Yard, Rhetta Aleong and Lawrence Harding

BOARD
Ann Marie Joseph, President
Rhetta Aleong, Secretary
Carol Bryce-Buchanan
Josh Sirefman
Reggie Wilson

ADVISORY COUNCIL
Elise Bernhardt, Michael Connelly, Paul Engler, Phyllis Lamhut, Susan Manning, Martha Sherman, Megan Sprenger, Radhika Subramaniam, Laurie Uprichard, Ivan Sygoda, Jesse Wolfson, and, Ms. Lois Wilson

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