Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group - Gibney
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Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group

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Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group
…they stood shaking while others began to shout

Co-Presented by Danspace Project and Gibney as part of American Realness 2019
Monday, January 7, 8:00pm
Tuesday, January 8, 8:00pm
Thursday, January 10, 8:00pm
Friday, January 11, 8:00pm
Saturday, January 12, 8:00pm
Danspace Project
131 East 10th Street
Advance Tickets $22, Danspace Project Members $15, Door Tickets $25

…they stood shaking while others began to shout is a dynamic tapestry that recalls the past into the present moment.

This work is influenced by Wilson’s ongoing research related to Ring Shouts and traditional American Baptist, Trinidad and Tobagonian Spiritual Baptist, and Shaker praise songs. Major inspirations are the Black Shakers, particularly prominent Shaker Eldress, Mother Rebecca Cox Jackson; the Ibeji, an orisha (god) of the Yoruba religion that is represented by twins; the challenges of duets and pairing; and the 1995 work, The Littlest Baptist – Wilson’s 1st attempt at incorporating his field research of Black shout traditions into contemporary experimental performative theater.

Performances of …they stood shaking while others began to shout for American Realness 2018 are made possible with support from Danspace Project and Gibney. …they stood shaking while others began to shout was commissioned for and premiered on the occasion of Reggie Wilson-curated Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches, and Downtown Dance (Platform 2018) at Danspace Project.

Photo by Ian Douglas.