Beginning in 2012, I have consulted for Brooklyn-based choreographer Reggie Wilson and the Fist and Heel Performance Group to help them understand, recognize and play with the formal structures they encounter in their engagement with African performance traditions. This engagement has led to two major new works, Moses(es), performed in 2013-2014 at Philadelphia’s Fringe Arts Festival, the American Dance Institute in DC, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Dance Center at Columbia College, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and elsewhere, and Citizen, which premiered this fall (2016) at Philadelphia’s Fringe Arts Festival, and which has its NY premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, this December. I currently serve on the company’s advisory board.
The movement is wonderfully loose, but the structure is strict, layers carefully packed, not stuffed in. The work offers variations on leading and following: dancers line up, pile up, push and pull, take turns; a phrase moves down the line, breaks into canon form in six parts. All the motifs recur. Fractal geometry — patterns repeated at different scales — is bewilderingly evident.
– Brian Seibert, the New York Times
The New York Times’ full performance review of Moses(es) can be found here.
Additional material and reviews include:
- A spring 2014 article in Weinberg Magazine
- A fall 2013 profile of Wilson and Moses(es) in the New York Times
- The 2013 newsletter of the Northwestern Department of Mathematics (p. 8)
Additional videos include: