Celebrating a stellar 40-year commitment to presenting important contemporary dance artists and developing new work, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago will present acclaimed choreographer Reggie Wilson and his company Fist & Heel Performance Group in a work co-commissioned by The Dance Center.

Moses(es), an evening-length work, explores our relationship to leadership and the effects of migration on beliefs and customs. Grounded in Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Moses, Man of the Mountains and arising out of Wilson’s exploratory travels to Israel, Egypt, Turkey and Mali, the work looks at diasporic movement out of Africa and into the rest of the world through the lens of Moses stories in their various cross-cultural and cross-faith interpretations.

Wilson sees his relationship with The Dance Center as pivotal to the ability to develop such exploratory new works. “This is the second time my work has been presented at The Dance Center,” said Wilson. “I’ve also taught and set pieces on students, and The Dance Center was instrumental in supporting the early research and development of Moses(es). My relationship with The Dance Center feels deep and long; I trust that it will be there into the future.”

Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group blends contemporary dance with African traditions, creating brilliant new performances from the rich, spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora. Claudia La Rocco of the New York Times called Wilson “one of this country’s most talented choreographers." 

Performances of the new work will take place April 3–5, 2014 at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. The company will also conclude The Dance Center’s 15th season of FamilyDance Matinees, offering a 45-minute family-oriented performance preceded by a free workshop that encourages parents and children to move with the artists Saturday, April 5th.

There will also be a post-performance conversation with the artists Thursday, April 3rd, and a pre-performance talk Friday, April 4th at 7 p.m. with Moses(es) dramaturg Susan Manning, professor of English, theater and performance studies at Northwestern University and past president of the Society of Dance History Scholars. Both events are free to ticket holders. Wilson also will participate in The Dance Center's DanceMakers series, which features leading contemporary dance artists offering insight into their choreographic process, Monday, March 31st, 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. In celebration of The Dance Center’s 40th season.

For more information about the upcoming performance and ancillary events, call 312-369-8330 or visit colum.edu/dancecenter.

Reggie Wilson (far right) and Fist & Heel Performance Group (photo by Antoine Tempe)..

Reggie Wilson's Fist & Heel Unveiling New Dance Center Commission, Moses(es)