Reggie Wilson is a determined choreographer who has a keen interest in identity. In “theRevisitation,” Wilson shares his culture and art with us, telling us of his discoveries and showing us the varied works he has created thus far. Usually in a performance the audience sits back and waits for the curtains to rise, but tonight with Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group’s presentation, that is a negative. Wilson, along with Rhetta Aleong, and Lawerence Harding, sit in chairs and share traditional songs from one another’s culture. Using their mouths, hands and feet, rhythm and song are born. Their melodies sound like Native American tribal chants, mixed with a little Trinidadian spice and African groove. One can immediately tell that Wilson is a ‘people person’ by the way he involves us in making music. Using call and response, (he calls and we respond) we clap and stomp our feet as the trio sings.
The second piece, entitled “theduet,” is the first more traditional contemporary dance of the evening. [click to continue….]
Ariel Romage, center, Sydney Skybetter, left, and Jordan Isadora, right, and the rest of Dance TRaC make funny faces to welcome the choreographer and dancer.
Skybetter and Associates visited the Dance Teen Reviewers and Critics at their New York Live Arts home after Skybetter’s production of “For Want of Sleep” at the Joyce Soho. Jordan Isadore, dancer and collaborator, and Sydney Skybetter, artistic director fill us in on how they got from there to here and what it is to be a working artist today.
On Jordan Isadore:
Now, this is interesting.
Jordan Isadore is a Northern California boy whose mom suggested that he become involved in dance. It is rare that dancers have full support from their parents, let alone for mom or dad to recommend pursuing the art form. But Isadore tells us he was a hyperactive kid and his mom really wanted him to keep busy.
Isadore went to high school and college for dance, facing hours upon hours of intensive training. He was most influenced by his college instructor, Keith Johnson, a former Doug Varone dancer who performs and creates with his own company in California. “He was open to dance and he encouraged us to be who we are as individuals, as well as to be honest about what we do,” [click to continue….]
Reggie Wilson, choreographer, visited Dance TRaC as a guest speaker on March 23, 2012. . Photo Credit: Antoine Tempé
Reggie Wilson founded Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group, in 1989. But let’s go even farther back in time.
Wilson’s interest in the arts began when he was a singer in middle school. Wilson wasn’t aware of his dance talents until he was, by chance, picked to help with the choreography of a school musical.
After high school, Wilson attended New York University where he was exposed to many different kinds of choreography. Who appealed to him? He appreciated Bob Fosse, Pina Bausch, and Bill T. Jones, among others.
Wilson visited the Dance Teen Reviewers and Critics at New York Live Arts on March 23rd, after we attended his performance “theRevisitation.” He is an entertaining guest. He made us laugh. All serious tension floated out of the room. He was very comfortable speaking with us and giving us advice on writing.
“Words are important,” he said, and not just to writers. [click to continue….]