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Walking with ‘Trane, Urban Bush Women, photo by Rick McCollough.

Urban Bush Women

Walking with ’Trane

February 18, 19 & 20, 2016 | 7:30PM   

“Urban Bush Women are a noisy, outspoken bunch.”  -- Chicago Tribune

“...the company brings us to our feet with joy and recognition. UBW has a long and wonderful history at the Dance Center and it looks like their streak will continue...”   -- Chicago Stage Standard

"powerfully mesmerized the audience" -- Brooklyn Magazine

Urban Bush Women has enthralled Dance Center audiences since 1984. Under the direction of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women brings the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance from a woman-centered perspective and as members of the African Diaspora. The company returns following its spring 2015 30th season performances at The Dance Center with Walking with ’Trane, a suite of works, co-commissioned by The Dance Center, based on the life and artistic imprint of jazz pioneer John Coltrane whose “sheets of sound” redefined improvisation and led to Ornette Coleman’s and Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians’ (AACM) free jazz breakthroughs. Grammy-award winning pianist George Caldwell provides live accompaniment with a reinterpretation of Coltrane’s A Love Supreme (1964). 

Additional Events


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Pre-Performance Talk with Jawole Zollar

Friday, February 19, 2016 | 6:30PM




$30 / $24 Seniors
Purchase tickets online.


The Dance Center’s presentation of Urban Bush Women is funded, in part, by: Engaging Dance Audiences, a program administered by Dance/USA and made possible with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; the Arts Midwest Touring Fund funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation; and the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.