Grounds That Shout! (And Others Merely Shaking): Public Conversations

3 - 7 May 2019
Various Locations


World premiere of Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group’s …they stood shaking while others began to shout, 2018. Pictured: Fist and Heel Company members. Photo by Ian Douglas.

Partners for Sacred Places collaborates with Philadelphia Contemporary and Danspace Project to present a series of public conversations for Grounds That Shout! (And Others Merely Shaking), a project curated by award-winning choreographer Reggie Wilson. Each event offers insights on the project’s themes of religion, movement, race, and the body, with a focus on the African American religious experience.

Public conversations are free and open to the public; event dates and times are listed below:

  • Friday, May 3rd, 3 p.m. at Temple Contemporary
    A panel discussion featuring Reggie Wilson, Judy Hussie-Taylor (Danspace Project), Karen DeLossi (Partners for Sacred Spaces), and Kerry Bickford (Philadelphia Contemporary) reflects on the project’s development process.
  • Monday, May 6th, 6 p.m. at Church of the Advocate
    How do practices across ethnography, liturgical dance, and post-African/Neo-HooDoo modern dance intersect in movement practice, cultural transmission, and text-based articulation? A panel of dance scholars and makers meditate on historical, contemporary, and emergent repertoires of African American sacred dance.
  • Tuesday, May 7th, 6 p.m. at Old Pine Street Church
    A panel of community leaders from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Old Pine Street Church, and Mother Bethel A.M.E engage public histories of the three neighboring colonial-era religious spaces. Ranging from topics of pre-colonial land histories, to histories of slavery, and enduring memorial rites and practices, this panel contends with the question, “What does it mean to be an enduring neighbor across shared and divergent practices of land occupancy, faith tradition, and legacies of subjugation and freedom?”