Let My People Go in Dance

Reggie Wilsons Fist and Heel Dance Company bring 'Moses(es)' to Cal Performances

Reggie Wilsons Fist and Heel Dance Company bring 'Moses(es)' to Cal Performances (Photo: Peggy Woolsey/Fist and Heel Performance Group)

The African American choreographer Reggie Wilson never seems satisfied with one idea or theme in his work. His dance Moses(es), performed Sept. 23 and 24 at Zellerbach Hall, is about the African diaspora, with music based on clapping and chants developed by Wilson and his collaborators. But it’s also an exploration of ideas about the biblical prophet Wilson explored during trips he took to Israel, Turkey, Egypt and Mali, and the urge to dramatize Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Moses, Man of the Mountain, which sets the story in the African American experience.

What color was Moses, Wilson wondered in a phone interview, and what do we learn from his story about how to govern a people? “The story is very much the story of Hammurabai, it’s the story of Jesus, it’s the story of leadership, it’s the story of a President leading or not leading a country, about how do we choose a leader, about why do certain individuals decide to get behind a particular leader or not.” Deatils for the show are here.

 

Let My People Go in Dance 13 September,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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