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Reggie Wilson, Will You Marry Me?

by Claudia La Rocco on March 17, 2012

"Hard Heads Make Soft Tales (a Sweetie)," performed by Reggie Wilson, Lawrence Harding and Rhetta Aleong (photo by Alexandra Corazza)

(don’t answer that)

Everyone else, what are you doing tonight?

(if your answer is anything other than going to see reVisitation, Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group‘s absolute knockout of a show, don’t answer that)

Everyone else else, want to hear my favorite Reggie Wilson anecdote, about the first time I interviewed said Reggie Wilson, a Brooklyn-based choreographer who has spent the last 20-plus years building structurally sophisticated, culturally resonant works?

(sure you do. We sat down at this little Austrian [really. it’s now closed.] restaurant in Brooklyn. I was doing the interview prep stuff, taking out the notebook, setting up the recorder, etc., and he said, “Before we start I just have to say, I hate words.” and I said ” … ” and he said, “Well, look, what if every time you wrote something, I had to do an interpretive dance in order for people to understand it?” And I said ” … ” And then he gave one of those fabulously nasty little smiles of his, and proceeded to say very smart things for the next hour or so, while I scrambled to keep up. The man is good with words. He’s better with dance. Go.)

Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group’s theRevisitation concludes tonight, Saturday, March 17 at New York Live Arts (219 West 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

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