Reggie Wilson/ Fist and Heel <font size=2>by Allison Van Dyck</font> Apr 13, 2007
by Tania Kupczak
I loved this show. In a geniunely touched to the spirit kind of way.
As a choreographer and dancer watching this show, I was really pressed to think about contemporary dance performance and what it means to "choreograph", "design movement," "perform." These are all concepts that can be adopted superficially onto the body and by the artist and/or they are concepts that can be generated from the core in a raw, honest, simple way. This is what I saw in the performance last night. Although I missed the pre-show talk about the African cultures and dance, I gathered from PR that I was going to see a semblance of African and African diaspora movement. What I appreciated about the performance was that the piece breathed on its own, and was not just a scholastic survey of movement styles.
What I came away with was the sheer enjoyment of watching elegant, smart, charismatic people on stage, moving as themselves, moving in (not on top of) a rhythm creating notes and percussion with their bodies. It brought my mind to a simpler state, where meaning is not an applied label, but meaning is what it is. I was just reading about bees and how they symbolically translate information into dancing kind of movements, to convey directions and information to the other bees. The dance I saw last night had a reflection of that primal state of movement, not in an animalistic kind of way, but as humans needing to express the intangible, getting closer and closer the faster, softer, harder, slower they dance, letting that deep down information rise throught the bones and the skin, signaling struggle, joy, melancholy, aggression, the human states we all share.
Thank you performers and OtB for bringing this show to Seattle.