Grounds that Shout!
Choreographer Reggie Wilson will premier a new work by Fist and Heel Performance Group at Church of the Advocate, and curate a procession of Philadelphia-based artists who will performatively respond to several historic religious spaces, with a special focus on the history of the African American religious experience in Philadelphia and the United States.
PRESENTED BY PARTNERS FOR SACRED PLACES AND PHILADELPHIA CONTEMPORARY
Curated by award-winning choreographer Reggie Wilson, Grounds that Shout! (and others merely shaking) is a series of performances that respond to the layered histories of Philadelphia’s religious spaces through contemporary dance, reflecting on the relationships and connections between practices of movement and worship. Over two weeks, eight choreographers and performance groups will perform in four historic Philadelphia churches, drawing from site and spirit to present original and re-situated works of dance.
On May 2, 3 and 4, Reggie Wilson’s own Fist and Heel Performance Group will perform … they stood shaking while others began to shout following a residency at Church of the Advocate. These evenings will also feature performances by Germaine Ingram and David Brick.
On May 11, the series will culminate with a series of original performances by Meg Foley, <fidget>, Lela Aisha Jones | FlyGround, Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, and Tania Isaac, with accompaniment from members of the church congregations at three historic Society Hill churches. Attendees will move from one site-specific performance to the next in a procession through St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church, and Mother Bethel AME. This cycle of performances will be staged three times over the course of the day.
In addition to the performances, three public conversations will offer further insight into the process and thinking behind the artistic production of Grounds that Shout!, featuring dialogues with key contributors as well as thinkers affiliated with the project’s themes. This project is presented by Partners for Sacred Places and Philadelphia Contemporary, in partnership with Danspace Project (NYC) and the Center for Experimental Ethnography at the University of Pennsylvania.
Performance Dates, Locations, and Artists
Friday, May 3, 2019, 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:00pm
TICKETS FOR PROCESSIONAL SERIES:
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, & 3:30 pm
Church of the Advocate
Fist and Heel Performance Group
ALL TALKS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
HOW DID WE GET HERE? | ARRIVING AT GROUNDS THAT SHOUT! (AND OTHERS MERELY SHAKING)
FRIDAY, MAY 3 AT 3PM AT TEMPLE CONTEMPORARY, TYLER SCHOOL OF ART
Join the curator, partners and producers of Grounds That Shout! (and others merely shaking) for a panel discussion in reflection on the project’s development process. This panel will feature Reggie Wilson (Curator), Judy Hussie-Taylor (Danspace, Executive Director), Karen DiLossi (Director, Arts in Sacred Spaces), and Kerry Bickford (Programming Director, Philadelphia Contemporary) moderated by Arielle Julia Brown (Project Dramaturge).
IN OBSERVANCE | BLACKNESS WITHIN ETHNOGRAPHIC, LITURGICAL AND MOVEMENT PRACTICES
MONDAY, MAY 6 AT 6PM AT CHURCH OF THE ADVOCATE
How do practices across ethnography, liturgical dance and post-African/Neo-HooDoo Modern Dance intersect in movement practice, cultural transmission and text-based articulation? Join this panel of dance scholars and makers for meditations on historical, contemporary and emergent repertoires of Black sacred dance.
RIGHTS, RITES AND ASHES: PUBLIC REMEMBERING ON LENAPE LAND
TUESDAY, MAY 7 AT 6PM AT OLD PINE STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Join respective community leaders across St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Old Pine Street Church and Mother Bethel A.M.E Church for this panel engaging the public histories of these three neighboring colonial era churches. Ranging from topics of precolonial land histories, to histories of slavery and enduring memorial rites and practices, this panel contends with the question, “What does it mean to be an enduring neighbor across shared and divergent practices of land occupancy, faith tradition and legacies of subjugation and freedom?”
THE CHURCH OF THE ADVOCATE
About the Choreographer
Reggie Wilson founded Fist and Heel Performance Group a year after graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (1988). The Company’s name is drawn from negative comments by white and black authorities who derided reinvented spiritual traditions of enslaved Africans in the Americas as ‘fist and heel worshipping.’
Wilson’s dance practice is rooted in the idea of kinesthetic anthropology, a deeply personal examination of how individuals and communities use their bodies. Previous Fist and Heel works have focused on the African diaspora and the role of churches in the movement. Through projects in the US, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, Wilson has developed a global understanding of the intersections between African culture in the Americas, religion, and movement.
Grounds the Shout! (and others merely shaking) is an exciting opportunity to experience Wilson’s unique ‘post-African/Neo-Hoodoo Modern dances’ in rich historic spaces in two Philadelphia neighborhoods.
REGGIE WILSON AND THE FIST & HEEL PERFORMANCE GROUP
Grounds that Shout! (and Others Merely Shaking) has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
GROUNDS THAT SHOUT! IN THE NEWS
BroadwayWorld.com News Desk, April 1, 2019
Reggie Wilson Explores African-American Religious Spaces In New Performance Series
Phindie.com Independent Coverage of Philadelphia Theatre and Arts, Smalley Bogg, April 15, 2019
The Grounds Shout: Reggie Wilson and Local Artists Bring Performance to Sacred Spaces
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Ellen Dunkel, April 29, 2019
Four Historic Philly Churches Are the Unlikely Stages for an Important New Work of American Dance
WHYY NPR Radio Arts & Entertainment, Peter Crimmins, April 30, 2019 with link to Audio Broadcasted Stream
Experimental Dance Performance Mixes ‘High Art’ with Historic Philly Churches
Artblog, Wit López, May 1, 2019
Shaking and Shouting, Arielle Julia Brown and Lela Aisha Jones on their roles in Reggie Wilson’s ‘Grounds That Shout! (and others merely shaking)’
Philly Voice, Thom Carroll, May 2, 2019
Local Churches Set the Stage for New Dance Performance.
The Intersection of Dance and Worship in Philadelphia
Hyperallergic, Megan Voeller, May 20, 2019
Dance Performances in Historic Churches Revive Spiritual Histories