June 25 at 2:45pm
June 26 at 1:45pm and 3:45pm
at St. Cornelius Chapel, Governors Island

“The choreographer Reggie Wilson often finds the ideas for his dances while on a journey. Like an anthropologist, he conducts field research, traveling to places that interest him. Ideas lead to other ideas and accumulate in clusters before he translates them into sensual, structurally complex performances.” – Brian Seibert, The New York Times

“Throbbed with a kinesthetic impact on the viewer.. full of joy and power.” –Jennifer Noyer, ABQ Journal

Co-commissioned by New England Foundations for the Arts’ National Dance Project, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and LMCC

In …Moses(es), Wilson asks: how do we lead and why do we follow? He examines the multiple iterations of Moses, as represented in religious texts, and his place in the mythical, canonical, and ethnographic imaginations, and explores questions and expectations in relationship to leadership.

Inspired by a re-reading of Zora Neale Hurston’s Moses, Man of the Mountain (the Moses story told as a Southern folk tale in African-American vernacular)—and with his exploratory travels to holy lands such as Israel, Egypt, Turkey and Mali—…Moses(es) examines the migration of peoples and culture from Africa out into the world, with particular attention paid to the effects that migration has on beliefs. Wilson’s personal inspiration and extensive research for this project has landed on the intersection of the origins of Monotheism and African cultures.

After successful premieres of the original evening-length work- titled Moses(es) this fall, …Moses(es) is an opportunity for the artist and audiences to engage more deeply in the material and Wilson’s perspective while experiencing the work in a site-based format.

Photo credit: courtesy of the artist


Moses(es) is funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the MetLife Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts; the MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC); The Harkness Foundation For Dance.

Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group’s production, Moses(es) is co-commissioned by The Hatchery Project which is a collaboration of the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, RED Arts Philadelphia, Vermont Performance Lab, and The Chocolate Factory Theater; The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago and a 2012 Joyce Award; BAM for 2013 Next Wave Festival; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; and by Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Research for Moses(es) was funded in part by The Foundation for Jewish Culture; The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago and a 2012 Joyce Award; Cowles Foundation; and Wesleyan University.

…Moses(es)  was developed during an LMCC artist residency in 2013-2014 as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. LMCC.net

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