In partnership with Partners for Sacred Places and Danspace Project
In the Spring of 2019 Philadelphia Contemporary will collaborate with Partners for Sacred Places and award-winning choreographer Reggie Wilson to present Grounds That Shout! (And Others Merely Shaking), a series of performances exploring relationships and connections between religion, movement, race, and the body with a focus on the African American religious experience and the specific context of Philadelphia’s historic sacred spaces. Wilson will curate performances by Philadelphia-based artists at religious sites in Old City and Society Hill—host to a unique density of historic churches—highlighting both the broad narrative history of these spaces and their present-day status in a rapidly changing city.
The project extends Wilson’s recent work with New York’s Danspace Project interrogating the history of St. Mark’s Church. Danspace’s Judy Hussie-Taylor will serve as a curatorial advisor to Wilson as he brings these concepts to Philadelphia. The series will conclude with a residency at Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia culminating in a public performance by Wilson and his Fist and Heel Performance Group
Portrait of Reggie Wilson by Aitor Mendilibar
Support for Grounds That Shout! (And Others Merely Shaking) has been provided to Partners for Sacred Places by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.