Urban Bush Women

Power in Movement: Celebrating 30 Years

  • Saturday, January 31, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Since Urban Bush Women burst onto the dance scene in 1984, the company has made an indelible mark on the field with bold, innovative, demanding and exciting works that challenge long-held assumptions about women, people of color, body types, styles of movement, society, history and appropriate content for the stage. The company weaves contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of African-Americans and the African Diaspora, exploring the transformation of struggle and suffering into the bittersweet joy of survival.

Under the artistic direction of founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women performs annually in New York City and has toured throughout the United States and in Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America.

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“…the Urban Bush Women are committed, triple-threat performers who dance, sing and act with a sometimes searing sense of truthfulness.”.”The New York Times

“The piece (Walking with ‘Trane, Chapter 2) shows off the strength and intelligence of the company…a love letter to and elegy for Coltrane, the piece features wonderful wing-like dancing as well as some smart partnering. A persistent, tidal back-and-forth brought it all together.”Indy Week

This performance is funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Council for the Arts.
The presentation of Walking with ‘Trane: Chapter 2 by Urban Bush Women was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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