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Fist and Heel Performance group dancing on stage in muted wardrobe colors
Tony Turner

Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group


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Adults $25
Students & Youth $10
Friday, February 16, 2024, 7:30 pm
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Saturday, February 17, 2024, 2:00 pm
Saturday, February 17, 2024, 7:30 pm
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Presented in collaboration with Creative Matters, a program of the Office of the Vice President for Research

Part of Hancher's 51st season

Taking its name from the reinvented spiritual traditions of enslaved Africans in the Americas—a reinvention dismissed as "fist and heel worshipping"—the Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group's body of work draws from the spiritual and earth-bound traditions of Africa and its diaspora. Choreographer and artistic director Reggie Wilson, who founded the company in 1989, was an inaugural Doris Duke Artist—The New York Times proclaimed him, "One of this country's most talented choreographers."

Expanding on his previous research of African American spiritual worship and movement, Wilson's most recent work, POWER, considers how the Black Shaker communities in the early 1800s might have lived and worshiped. POWER takes inspiration from significant Shaker women leaders like Mother Ann Lee, founder of the Shaker community and Mother Rebecca Cox Jackson, founder of the first African American Shaker community in Philadelphia. Featuring a thrilling cast of dancers and musicians, POWER examines and enlivens Shaker values, contributions, practices, and history through a postmodern American lens. 

After the opening night performance on February 16, Susan Manning, a professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University, will host a post-show talk back and Q&A for Reggie Wilson. This discussion will be held on Hadley Stage and will last approximately 30 minutes in length. 

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