Hair & Other Stories

Hair & Other Stories

The River Center (map)

The dance, music, and history of the African Diaspora comes to RiverCenter when Urban Bush Women takes the stage performing Hair and other stories. HairStories

Hair & Other Stories

Hair & Other Stories

In the Street and Davis Performance Hall's Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre (map)

“…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

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, artistic director

Generative Lab at the Drama League Theater Center

Generative Lab at the Drama League Theater Center

Generative Lab with Urban Bush Women: Do, Research, Delve Deeper…Repeat

The Generative Lab is an immersive learning environment that combines Urban Bush Women's deep investigative research and embodied practice. The workshop will begin with an embodied warm-up and vocal warm-up, to guide us into research prompts that will allow us to formulate how we investigate, probe and interrogate our body knowledge for movement information. We will use improvisational practices that lead to uncovering our individual and unique approach to art-making, and take a deep dive together to ignite our ability to be bold, courageous and bodacious in our art-making. This workshop is open to everyone, not only dancers. Please wear comfortable clothing. 

Workshop Schedule (you must attend all sessions)
Saturday, May 12, 2018 11-6pm

Workshop Fee:

General Admission $200.00

Member $150.00

Alumni $100.00

The Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca offers the theater community a range of classes, intensives and courses. With further training options for professional working artists, creative exploration for non-artists, and a deeper connection to our own imaginative creativity, The Drama League Theater Center offers short courses in a variety of specialized skills to enrich your understanding and practice of theatre. 

SCAT! at Lumberyard at Club Helsinki Hudson

SCAT! at Lumberyard at Club Helsinki Hudson

Club Helsinki Hudson (map)

Urban Bush Women is proud to kickoff Lumberyard’s Summer 2018 Season in Catskill and Hudson with Scat!

"Scat! is my story. It is my family's story. It is a personal and collective story of a family and a people, moving from the Jim Crow south during the Great Migration."
- Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

Urban Bush Women (UBW) is a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change. Set in a fictional jazz club, Scat! is a dance-driven musical that tells a love story of two people making their way during the Great Migration through song, dance and storytelling. It is a powerful tale of one family and what happens when dreams encounter the realities of American life in the 40s & 50s. Scat! features an original jazz score performed live by a 5-piece band and two vocalists.

Choreographed by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar; Dramaturgy by Talvin Wilks; Original Music Composed and Performed by Craig Harris.

Urban Bush Women Generative Dancer Choreographic & Performance Lab

Urban Bush Women Generative Dancer Choreographic & Performance Lab

Dream / Research / Move / Create / Build / Delve Deeper / Repeat: UBW Generative Dancer Choreographic & Performance Lab

This 3-day workshop will be taught by New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) 2017 Lifetime Achievement in Dance Award recipient and UBW Founder/Visioning Partner, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.

We welcome participants at any level of their practice to journey through UBW’s creative choreographic lab. We will work from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in Brooklyn, NY.