African American Reggie Wilson joins forces with Congolese Andréya Quamba for this world premiere that links the Mississippi River delta with Central Africa's Congo River basin. Wilson's Brooklyn-based company, Fist & Heel Performance Group, makes dances that explore the spiritual traditions of the African diaspora. He meshes moves from blues, slave, and worship cultures in what he terms "post-African neo-hoodoo modern dance," to the tunes of the dancers' body percussion, breath aspiration, singing, and shouting. For The Good Dance, Quamba adds his own contemporary take on traditional African dance, and Wilson explores the influence of Central African culture on world performance forms. Wilson has been touted by the New York press as one of this country's most talented choreographers. Even leading New York Times film critic A.O. Scott described his dance as "technically stunning and emotionally raw." So this promises to be one rip-snorting, culture-crossing performance.
Nov. 12-14, 8 p.m., 2009