Reggie Wilson: Grounds That Shout! (and others merely shaking)

In partnership with Partners for Sacred Places and Danspace Project (NYC)

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 within the specific context of Philadelphia’s historic sacred spaces. Wilson’s own Fist and Heel Performance Group will develop new work in residency at Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia, culminating in public performances on May 2, 3 and 4, 2019. Wilson will also curate performances by Philadelphia-based artists at three Society Hill religious sites in a Processional series on May 11, 2019, 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.

Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group, …they stood shaking while others began to shout at Danspace Project, 2018. Photo by Ian Douglas, courtesy of Danspace Project (NYC).

Event ticketing is forthcoming and will be shared in our monthly newsletter and social media pages.

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.