OAK BLUFFS, MA: Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group's "CITIZEN"
Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group
Wilson plummets down into CITIZEN’s subconscious levels asking the core questions, “What does it mean to belong” and “What does it mean to NOT want to belong.” This multidisciplinary work wrestles with the many implicit and explicit challenges, struggles, judgments, and webbing that exists between the anonymity of the individual and the experiences of being a citizen of one’s homeland or one’s adopted homeland. CITIZEN demands us to consider the contradictions imbedded in the co-existence of our individual self with our civil duties. Specific persons-of-interest in Wilson’s research are, African Americans in Paris and others in the Diaspora who fought for the human right to ‘belong’. Of recurring interest is Zora Neale Hurston who remained and returned to America even though many of her artist contemporaries went elsewhere. CITIZEN hopes to engage and connect audiences to perspectives and conversations regarding belonging, immigration/migration and the black and white of America.
Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group is a Brooklyn-based dance company that investigates the intersections of cultural anthropology and movement practices. Thier performance work is a continued manifestation of the rhythm languages of the body provoked by the spiritual and the mundane traditions of Africa and its Diaspora, including the Blues, Slave and Gospel idioms.
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