Urban Bush Women


Lecture: Urban Bush Women
Tuesday, September 30 at 12:30
Dance Building


Tendayi Kuumba and Courtney Cook, members of the acclaimed Urban Bush Women dance company, will present a public lecture as part of a UGA residency.

Urban Bush Women 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.

Urban Bush Women includes among its honors a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”); the Capezio Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance; and two 2004 Doris Duke Awards for New Work from the American Dance Festival. Off the concert stage, Urban Bush Women has developed an extensive community engagement program called BOLD (Builders, Organizers, & Leaders through Dance), a network of over 29 facilitators that travel nationally and internationally to conduct workshops that bring the histories of local communities forward through performance.

Supported in part by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, UGA Dance Repertory Project, Franklin College Visiting Scholar Program, Institute for Women’s Studies, Institute for African American Studies, Department of Dance, and the President’s Venture Fund through the generous gifts of the University of Georgia Partners and other donors.