Urban Bush Women to perform Nov. 7

Oct. 26, 2009

Urban Bush Women, an internationally recognized dance ensemble, will perform Saturday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life.    

Tickets for the performance go on sale Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Luther College Box Office open 9-10:30 a.m., 11a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m.   

Tickets may also be purchased online on or after Oct. 22 at http://www.luther.edu/programming/boxoffice/centerstage/. Tickets are $23, $21 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18.    

The Urban Bush Women (UBW) performance at Luther is part of the college’s Center Stage Series of professional performing arts events for 2009-10.

The New York Times recognized UBW as “triple-threat performers who dance, sing and act with a searing sense of truthfulness.”

Pieces the ensemble will perform at Luther include their newest arrangement “Naked City,” which references the late 50s film noir television series of the same name. They will also present “Batty Moves,” a celebration about seeing beauty in all the different shapes, sizes and shades, and “Walking with Pearl…Southern Diaries,” a 2005 piece which highlights the lives of rural African Americans in the South in the 30s and 40s.

Urban Bush Women performers will participate in a discussion with the audience immediately following the performance.     

Urban Bush Women, a New York-based nonprofit dance company, was founded in 1984 by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.  The ensemble consists of seven women who perform diverse pieces arranged by Zollar as well as other choreographers, composers and directors.

For the past 25 years UBW has woven modern dance, music and text with the history, culture and spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora.   

The ensemble brings the untold and under-told histories and stories of people deprived of rights to light from a woman-centered perspective. UBW is known for exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change.

UBW has performed widely in New York City and has toured throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, South America and Australia.  The ensemble also participated in the inaugural DanceMotion USA program, a program from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Brooklyn Academy of Music dedicated to sharing the story of American dance with international audiences. 

UBW has received several honors and awards including the New York Dance and Performance Award, more popularly known as “Bessie,” the Capezio Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and the Doris Duke Award for New Work from the American Dance Festival in 1998 and 2004.    

Upcoming performers in the Center Stage Series include “Time for Three” on Nov. 20 and “David Gonzalez with the Poetic License Band” on Feb. 12.   

For more information on the performances in the Center Stage Series, visit http://centerstage.luther.edu.    

To learn more about the Urban Bush Women ensemble, visit their website at http://urbanbushwomen.org.