Reggie Wilson

Reggie Wilson, thinker, dancer, choreographer and Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia artist. Courtesy of Painted Bride Art Center.

Reggie Wilson is the artistic director of Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group, where he presents his unique blend of African and post-modern dance styles. Wilson’s work has been presented nationally and internationally at venues such as Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, REDCAT, and Dance Umbrella. He is the recipient of a 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2002 BESSIE Award, a 2009 United States Artist Fellowship, and a 2009 Herb Alpert Award in Dance, and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Wilson has served as a visiting faculty member at Yale University, Princeton University, and Wesleyan University. In 2016, Wilson presented a new dance work, Stamped Stomped Stumped, in conjunction with the Painted Bride Art Center’s Center-funded project re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia.


In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, novelist Beth Kephart describes seeing the landscape of her unwritten novel through the eyes of videographer Lori Waselchuk. Composer Bhob Rainey makes music out of squid neurons and mathematical formulas, and poet Major Jackson discusses the simple act of paying attention.

Grants & Grantees

John Blake, Jr. (1947–2014, Pew Fellow, 2010) took his inspiration as a contemporary jazz violinist and composer from some of the genre’s greats.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Susan Bernofsky is an author and German-language literature translator. She directs the literary translation program in the School of the Arts MFA Writing Program at Columbia University.

This interactive panel discussion, part of Swarthmore’s Chopin Without Music, reveals new possibilities for contemporary theater and classical music to intersect in performance.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art commissioned two new works by jazz saxophonists and composers Joe Lovano and Chris Potter, inspired by artist Ellsworth Kelly’s Seine.

Composer, improviser, and media artist Mike Bullock will join forces with Swedish composers and conceptual artists Leif Elggren, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, and Kent Tankred, and Philadelphia musicians such as Ian Fraser and Bhob Rainey, for a program of electronic music, performance, and installations, expanding Philadelphia’s connection to the international experimental music scene.

Grants & Grantees

The Community Education Center has grown into an arts organization with a focus on cultivating a support system for artists, supported through residency and service programs.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dancer and choreographer Ronald K. Brown is the founder of Brooklyn-based contemporary dance ensemble Evidence, A Dance Company.

In an essay excerpt accompanying a series of programs related to the performances of After the Rehearsal/Persona, theater editor and critic Tom Sellar describes Ivo van Hove’s affinity for complex characters, his commitment to text, and his ability to transcend traditional disciplines.

Julia Wolfe explains how she transformed the historical nuggets of her research into a 45-minute live performance by the 140-voice Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia.

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture presents a talk by Dr. Dede Fairchild Ruggles on sound and scent in the Andalusian Garden, in conjunction with Words Adorned: Andalusian Poetry and Music.

Questions of Practice

The final article in the American Impresario series features Claire Chase of the International Contemporary Ensemble, which has been described by the New York Times as “one of the most adventurous and accomplished groups in new music.”