Pillow Lab: In Process with Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group
Showings: November 17 & April 20 at 2pm 

Praised for how “…his sprawling movement pieces fold history into the present…” (The New York Times), Bessie Award-winning choreographer Reggie Wilson and his Fist and Heel Performance Group will develop a new evening-length performance work, POWER at the Pillow Lab.

This Brooklyn-based postmodern dance company and its body of work draws from the spiritual and mundane traditions of Africa and its Diaspora; Wilson often refers to his work as “post-African/Neo-HooDoo Modern dances.” His new work reimagines compelling core Shaker values, contributions, practices, and histories through a postmodern American lens. Building on his ongoing examination of early African American spiritual worship within American Christian religiosity, Wilson’s POWER promises to present intriguing perspectives and correlations on worship and practices connected to Shakerism. Inspiration for this work includes black Shaker Eldress Mother Rebecca Cox Jackson, Shaker founder Mother Ann Lee, the First Great Awakening, American Utopianism, and foundational research from Wilson’s 1995 work The Littlest Baptist. A portion of Wilson’s first residency at the Pillow Lab will be combined with research and discovery time at neighboring historic Hancock Shaker Village, a living history museum of a Shaker village initially established in 1783. The second residency will be devoted to refining the technical needs of the production.

Related videos on Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive:
  • Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group performing Moses(es) from 2014
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Pillow Lab: In Process with Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

At Jacob’s Pillow: Nov 17 - Apr 20