Urban Bush Women 40th Anniversary: Legacy + Lineage + Liberation

presented by UB Center for the Arts

March 13, 2024
7:30 p.m.

Center for the Arts
Mainstage Theatre

Tickets: $30

$5 off for UB students, employees, and alumni at the UBCFA ticket office

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Photo: Hayim Heron

Urban Bush Women (UBW) burst onto the dance scene in 1984, with bold, innovative, demanding and exciting works that brought under-told stories to life that continues to weave contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora.

In honor of Urban Bush Women’s 40th Anniversary, Legacy + Lineage + Liberation celebrates the power of Women(+) in an evening of new and classic works that transcend genres and amplify the voices of Women(+) of color. This dynamic program features new work by Co-Artistic Directors Chanon Judson and Mame Diarra Speis with iconic works by Founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Each of these works gives multiple dimensions of life that resonate in this time of reflection around equity and justice, and that lift up Black lives in inspiring ways. Experience UBW’s great sense of musicality, reflection inside of empathy and joy, and leave the theater energized and inspired. Works include but are not limited to: Give Your Hands to Struggle; Women’s Resistance; I Don’t Know but I Been Told...if You Keep on Dancin’ You Never Grow Old; and Haint Blu.

“...triple-threat performers who dance, sing and act with a sometimes searing sense of truthfulness.” -The New York Times review by Jennifer Dunning

Presented by the UB Center for the Arts in collaboration with the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Urban Bush Women's 40th Anniversary: LEGACY + LINEAGE + LIBERATION