Urban Bush Women (Artists-in-Residence)

For BRIC’s 40th Anniversary season, we are thrilled to welcome Urban Bush Women (UBW) as our newest Artists-in-Residence. As part of our continuing mission to present programs that reflect the creativity and diversity of Brooklyn, and to nurture work by local artists, we are honored to partner with the Brooklyn-based dance company that has “interpreted the black experience with passion and focus for [over] thirty years.” (Village Voice)

BRIC and UBW will offer activities year-round at BRIC House, including community dance classes, Hair Parties, workshops, and the New York Premiere of Urban Bush Women’s newest full-length dance theater piece, Hair & Other Stories.

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Urban Bush Women (UBW) burst onto the dance scene in 1984 with bold, innovative, demanding and exciting works that bring under-told stories to life through the art and vision of its award-winning founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. The company weaves contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora.

Under Zollar’s artistic direction, Urban Bush Women performs regularly in New York City and tours nationally and internationally. The Company has been commissioned by presenters nationwide, and includes among its honors a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”); the Capezio Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance; a Black Theater Alliance Award; and two Doris Duke Awards for New Work from the American Dance Festival. In March 2010, UBW toured South America as part of DanceMotion USA, a cultural diplomacy initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In recent years, Zollar has been awarded the 2014 Southern Methodist University Meadows Prize, the 2015 Dance Magazine Award and the 2016 Dance/USA Honors Award. In 2017, Zollar received a Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dance.


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