Events Calendar

Saturday, July 28 2018

July 28, 2018 - 2:00pm

CITIZEN (2016) by Reggie Wilson Fist and Heel Performance Group ©Aitor Mendilibar Raja Feather Kelly
CITIZEN (2016) by Reggie Wilson Fist and Heel Performance Group ©Aitor Mendilibar Raja Feather Kelly

Tickets & Parking
Tickets: $25/$20 members/$15 students. Buy tickets online or by phone at 414-446-8794.
Parking: Please park at the Park & Ride located just to the west of the Brown Deer Road exit of I-43. A free shuttle bus will run between the Park & Ride and Lynden beginning at 12:30 pm. If you require handicap access, you may park in the lot at Lynden, but please notify us in advance by calling 414-446-8794.

Using the same methodology he piloted at Lynden in 2015 to adapt Moses(es), Reggie Wilson will remake Citizen for a large, intergenerational cast of local dancers and community members. Citizen began as an exploration of the meaning of citizenship for iconic African Americans who chose (choose) to remain at home in the face of pervasive racism. What does it mean to belong? and What does it mean to NOT want to belong? were the questions at the core of his investigations. As he examined the questions raised by the human desire to belong, others arose: Do the injustices in today’s America engender a feeling of belonging? What supports belonging? Is belonging solely something internal, inside the individual? Is a sense of belonging, or not belonging, a private or a public matter?

Wilson has been interested, since Citizen’s New York premiere shortly after the 2016 presidential election, in working with groups and individuals in Milwaukee to explore the question of belonging more broadly; this summer, he will include community members who are actively addressing citizenship in their daily lives. Like many of Wilson’s dances, Citizen privileges the kinesthetic over the cerebral, and makes a strong case for using dance to raise questions, express difficult ideas, offer alternatives, and provoke dialogues. This is a Call & Response event.

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