Mathematics and Dance

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 and African diasporic movement and performance traditions. This engagement has contributed to three 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 (BAM), the Dance Center at Columbia College, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and elsewhere; Citizen, which premiered in fall 2016 at Philadelphia’s Fringe Arts Festival, and which had its NY premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2016; and POWER, which premiered at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2019, and will appear at BAM in Spring 2020. I currently serve on the company’s board of directors and 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.

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