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The Good Dance - dakar/brooklyn

Dec 16—Dec 19, 2009
Performance dates & times
RUN TIME: 1hr 10min, no intermission
ALL TICKETS:  $20, 30
December 2009
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Wednesday December 16, 2009
Performances no longer available.

Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group and Compagnie 1er Temps
Choreographed by Reggie Wilson and Andréya Ouamba

“The Good Dance is the final offering of the 2009 Next Wave Festival, and it’s hard to imagine going out on a higher note than this meticulously constructed, beautiful work.”
—The New York Times

Devoted to reinterpreting the movement languages of Africa and the Diaspora through a postmodern lens, Reggie Wilson creates fluid, grounded, and deeply expressive dances. Wilson and his Brooklyn-based company Fist & Heel Performance Group make their BAM debut with  The Good Dance - dakar/brooklyn, a work representing the fruits of a collaboration with choreographer Andréya Ouamba and his Compagnie 1er Temps from Dakar, Senegal. 

Combining Wilson's formalist approach with Ouamba's more improvisational style, the artists create a unique movement vocabulary as they draw from their families' roots in the Mississippi Delta and the Congo to ask profound questions about migration and identity. Featuring an amalgam of African and African American music, movement, text, and vocals,The Good Dance explores the genealogy of culture to consider the influence-real and metaphorical-of Central African culture on world performance forms.

Costume design by Naoko Nagata
Lighting design by Jonathan Belcher