Hatchery Project Artist | Oct 14 - 28, 2012
Reggie Wilson, along with Fist and Heel Performance Group, returned to MANCC to continue his research for the new performance piece, Moses(es). The genesis of the new work was prompted partly by his travel to Israel, Egypt, Turkey and Mali and partly by his rereading of Zora Neale Hurston’s Moses, Man of the Mountain, a retelling of the Exodus story as an African American folk tale. Through the lens of varied Moses stories, Moses(es) looks at the migration of peoples and culture out of Africa and into the rest of the world and pursues a multidimensional inquiry on how we lead and why we follow.
Wilson used his time in residence to not only intertwine the academic component of his research with kinesthetic exploration in the studio, but to also further it by interactions with local FSU scholars. Wilson and collaborator Dr. Susan Manning, met with Dr. Joseph Hellweg of FSU’s Religion Dept. and graduate student, Aaron Ellis to discuss; the many manifestations of Moses across cultures, Zar - an Islamic, women’s, mystic tradition, and fractal symmetry which Wilson explains to be an “organizing principle for everything I am interested in.” Wilson also met with Dr. Jerrilyn McGregory of the FSU English Department who specializes in both African American folklore and folklife and African Diaspora Studies to discuss Zora Neale Hurston and how her work was shaped by Hurston’s being both a scholar and an artist.
Throughout the course of his residency, Wilson continued to develop the Cohort Tracking Project, which engages students at each developmental site in the making of this work. The FSU cohort group - comprised of a group of cross campus students - attended company rehearsals and interacted with Wilson and the Fist and Heel Performance Group. Additionally, FSU School of Dance student Yeman Brown served as a Residency Apprentice and participated in rehearsals for the new work.
This residency is part of The Hatchery Project, a new collaborative residency initiative with The Chocolate Factory (Long Island City, NY), Live Arts Brewery/Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (Philadelphia, PA), Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL), and Vermont Performance Lab (Guilford, VT) and is made possible with major funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional support by the National Endowment for the Arts.