An artist talk by award-winning choreographer, Reggie Wilson, "Introduction" begins as an informative lecture/demonstration and evolves into an entranced, rhythmic telling of the hidden rituals of Christians of the African Diaspora. Wilson incorporates dance, elements of travelogue, and lay anthropology to create a work of memoir and history.
This event is free and open to the public. Presented by Goddard College's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program.
Reggie Wilson is the internationally-acclaimed Artistic Director and choreographer of Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group. Wilson draws from the movement languages of the blues, slave and spiritual cultures of Africans in the Americas and combines them with post-modern elements and his own personal movement style to create what he calls “post-African/Neo-HooDoo Modern dances.”
His work has been presented worldwide at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, UCLA Live (Los Angeles), Danças na Cidade (Portugal), and Festival Kaay Fecc (Senegal), and many others. His travel research encompasses secular and religious life throughout the USA, Caribbean, and Africa.
Wilson has received some of the most prestigious awards in dance and the arts, including the Herb Alpert Award in Dance, US Artists Prudential Fellow, Bessie Award, and most recently the Joyce Foundation Award for his new work, “Moseses Project,” premiering in 2013.
"Introduction" has been praised by the The New York Times for its “brilliant wit and seriousness.”
In conjunction, Wilson will have a talk back and discussion on the arc of his career and share video clips of his other works.
Watch a video clip below of Wilson's "Moseses Project," an evening-length dance theater work exploring the interfaith mythical, biblical, historic and global references of Moses.