Sunday, July 15, 2007

Story and Song, Body and Breath

in The Tale Npinpee Nckutchie & the Tail of the Golden Dek
Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 8pm at Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy.

Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel reinterprets the ritual movement idioms of Africa and The Diaspora in a postmodern context to make "Post-African/Neo HooDoo Modern dance." Founded in 1989, the Brooklyn-based troupe uses body percussion and voiced breath rhythms that enslaved Africans utilized when denied the drum: so called ìfist and heel worshipping. Choreographer Reggie Wilson received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002, as well as a BESSIE award for "The Tie-Tongued Goat and the Lightning Bug Who Tried to Put her Foot Down". The group has received support from major foundations and corporations and has performed in the US and abroad at venues including Dance Theater Workshop, Central Park Summerstage, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and Festival Kaay Fecc in Senegal. In 2003, Fist & Heel collaborated with performance groups from Zimbabwe and from Trinidad and Tobago for the New York premiere and national tour of "Black Burlesque (revisited)," a work also drawing inspiration from the deep well of the African experience.

"Infectiously joyous" -The Village Voice

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