When he was growing up in Philadelphia, Robert Moses’ mother, whose family had come north with the Great Migration, had a saying: nothing beats a hit but a miss. One of those paradoxical put-your-head-on-straight adages, the choreographer recalls the line warmly but understands it as a challenge. If you try to do something and you get beaten down, staying down is not an option.
So it is with social movements. America’s liberation movements, insurrections and revolts are the thematic warp and weft of Moses’ NEVABAWARLDAPECE, a rumble of a title that said aloud threatens “never be a world of peace.” Created in collaboration with Carl Hancock Rux, Laura Love, and Corey Harris, it’s a dream project for Robert Moses whose over 70 works, his website says, express his “concern with the honor, dignity, truth and potential of real people.”