Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Founding Artistic Director
Beginning with anecdotes from the female experience and African American culture, the all-female ensemble Urban Bush Women weaves together dance, live music, a cappella vocalizations, and storytelling as a catalyst for social change and spiritual renewal. Infusing equal parts compassion, humor, muscle, and grace, Artistic Director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar's works have probed controversial topics and evocative stories--from black women's concepts of beauty and self-esteem to civil rights in the rural South, homelessness on the streets of New York, and myths of gender and race.
The Chicago Tribune
has applauded the company for its "ferocious cascades of fervor and emotion," while the New York Times
marvels at its "performers who dance, sing, and act with a searing sense of truthfulness." Fresh from its recent 20th anniversary celebration and Kennedy Center appearance as part of the festival Masters of African American Choreography
, Urban Bush Women returns for more performances that convey the struggle and bittersweet joy of survival. Fri. & Sat. eves., March 24 & 25:Walking With Pearl: Africa Diaries
--Intermission--Walking With Pearl: Southern Diaries
(2005) Sat. mat., March 25:
Give Your Hands To Struggle
Sometimes Landscapes Whisper
Intermission: 20 minutes
Walking With Pearl
"A jubilee of vivid, lustrous poetics, personal vision"
--The Chicago Tribune
"Intense and heartfelt…theatrical magic"
--The New York Times
PERFORMANCE PLUS™ free post-performance discussion immediately following the March 24 evening performance, free with your ticket. Running time: approx. 30 minutes