Urban Bush Women

September 23-October 5, 2019

Urban Bush Women.

Urban Bush Women (UBW) seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance.  (Read more...)

With the ground-breaking performance ensemble at its core, ongoing initiatives like the Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), BOLD (Builders, Organizers & Leaders through Dance) and the Choreographic Center, UBW continues to affect the overall ecology of the arts by promoting artistic legacies; projecting the voices of the under-heard and people of color; bringing attention to and addressing issues of equity in the dance field and throughout the United States; and by providing platforms and serving as a conduit for culturally and socially relevant experimental art makers.

During their CAI Residency, UBW seeks to continue the work of Associate Artistic Director, Chanon Judson, who worked as a guest instructor at the University at Buffalo's Department of Theatre and Dance in Fall 2018. The Fall 2019 semester will include a two-week residency during which the company will facilitate our signature BOLD (Builders, Organizers and Leaders through Dance) workshop "Entering, Building and Exiting Community (EBX)" which gives strategies for individuals to work with communities with integrity and respect for the knowledge that is held within community.

The residency will also include the "Talk 'Trane" workshop based on the UBW work "Walking with 'Trane" that is inspired by the musical life and spiritual journey of John Coltrane. "Talk 'Trane" will be co-led by UB instructor, jazz pianist and "Walking with 'Trane" co-composer, George Caldwell. UB students and faculty and community members from the greater Buffalo area will be invited into the process that created the choreography and score for this award winning UBW work.

UBW will also hold the "Hair Party" workshops based on the new UBW work co-choreographed by Judson, "Hair & Other Stories". Hair Parties are informal gatherings where excerpts of "Hair & Other Stories" are used to ignite dialogue. Using the deceptively simple topic of HAIR as the organizing principle – how hair color, length, and varying degrees of curl affect our definitions of ‘good hair’ and ‘bad hair’ both within and outside of the African American community – Hair Parties encourage participants to re-examine closely-held beliefs about themselves, society, class, race, gender, age and individual beauty.

Students in UB’s Theatre & Dance Dept. will also be asked to explore and embody their own legacy stories through co-creating movement with Judson and another company member.