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November 11, 2003


Washington Post

Judging from the title he's given his new production, "Black Burlesque (revisited)," choreographer Reggie Wilson wants prospective ticket buyers to think: Girlie show. Low comedy. Cootch dancing by people of color. Thankfully, he delivers quite a different package. Bringing his New York-based Fist & Heel Performance Group together with the Zimbabwean a cappella group Black Umfolosi and dancers from the company of Trinidad's Noble Douglas, Wilson has created a lush, reverential display of African-derived music and dance.

What you come away with is a sense of the African base as an endless font of inspiration, through the eyes of the program's three artistic directors: Wilson, Douglas and Black Umfolosi's Thomeki Dube. Interconnectedness was not just the theme of "Black Burlesque"; it was also its mood and decorative motif. The performers shared a glowing camaraderie, greeting one another warmly, joking and chattering among themselves. Wilson chose the cast wisely; the vocals had the quality of hushed rainfall, and the dancing was pliant and smooth. More

Posted by acapnews at November 11, 2003 10:19 PM


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