About the Production: Curated by award-winning choreographer Reggie Wilson, Grounds that Shout! (and others merely shaking) is a series of performances that respond to the layered histories of Philadelphia’s religious spaces through contemporary dance, reflecting on the relationships and connections between practices of movement and worship. Over two weeks, eight choreographers and performance groups will perform in four historic Philadelphia churches, drawing from site and spirit to present original and re-situated works of dance.
On May 2, 3 and 4, Reggie Wilson’s own Fist and Heel Performance Group will perform … they stood shaking while others began to shout following a residency at Church of the Advocate. These evenings will also feature performances by Germaine Ingram and David Brick.
On May 11, the series will culminate with a series of original performances by Meg Foley, <fidget>, Lela Aisha Jones | FlyGround, Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, and Tania Isaac, with accompaniment from members of the church congregations at three historic Society Hill churches. Attendees will move from one site-specific performance to the next in a procession through St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church, and Mother Bethel AME. This cycle of performances will be staged three times over the course of the day.
In addition to the performances, three public conversations will offer further insight into the process and thinking behind the artistic production of Grounds that Shout!, featuring dialogues with key contributors as well as thinkers affiliated with the project’s themes.