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Walking with 'Trane, Urban Bush Women, photo by Rick McCullough.

Urban Bush Women

Walking with ‘Trane: Chapter 2 and Other Repertory

March 19, 20 & 21, 2015  | 8:00PM  

". . . 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

“Music and movements communicate the blues and triumph over it." - Durham Herald-Sun

Renowned for heart-stopping performances, brilliant choreography and for creating a genuine sense of community with its audience, Urban Bush Women marks its 30th Season with a return engagement to The Dance Center. Artistic Director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar has conceived of Walking with ‘Trane as a suite of dances based on the impact and legacy of jazz pioneer John Coltrane. Chapter 2 is inspired by Coltrane’s seminal work A Love Supreme, danced to an original, reimagined score composed and performed live by Grammy award-winning pianist George Caldwell. Guest choreographer Nora Chipaumire’s dark swan interrogates and subverts how we present and represent African female bodies. Zollar created Hep Hep Sweet Sweet as a personal memoir of her upbringing in Kansas City. Set in a fictional night club, the work draws upon the music and culture of the African American migration: south to north up the Mississippi River.

Additional Events

Urban Bush Women & Kahil El'Zabar Double Bass Quartet
Jazz Improv Brunch   

Sunday, October 26 | 11:00am-1:00pm
Chicago Artists Coalition Gallery | 217 North Carpenter Street
Limited Seating
Light Brunch Buffet |Tickets: $20   

DanceMakers Session led by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

Monday, March 16, 2015 | 6:30–8:30PM  
American Rhythm Center, Fine Arts Building | 410 S Michigan Avenue, 3rd Floor
> Reserve your spot.

Post-Performance Conversation with Company

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pre-Performance Talk with Jawole Zollar

Friday, March 20, 2015 | 7:00PM

Friends of The Dance Center Post-Performance Party

Saturday, March 21 | immediately following the performance




The Dance Center’s presentation of Urban Bush Women is funded, in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional funding provided by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.