Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group | Dance Center of Columbia College | Dance | Chicago Reader
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Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group 

When: March 31-April 2 2011
Price: $26-$30
You've heard of the Good Book. Reggie Wilson and Senegal-based Congolese choreographer Andreya Ouamba created The Good Dance—Dakar/Brooklyn to "find out about being good people" through the body rather than words. Their other aim, Wilson says near the top of this 75-minute piece, was to compare the American and African experiences--specifically the history and metaphors of the Mississippi and Congo rivers. Sounds heady, even academic. But The Good Dance really does communicate viscerally and visually. In what seems to be an effort to suggest the flow of influence between the two continents, the eight dancers kick, shovel, toss, and carry 300 plastic water bottles back and forth from one side of the stage to the other. The piece is honest about the differences and rivalries between the two cultures, but it's dominated by an underlying sense of affinity and kinship. Set to a rich aural tapestry of music from Africa and the African diaspora, The Good Dance wrestles heroically with slippery issues of heritage and displacement. --Laura Molzahn



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