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Urban Bush Women: Walking with 'Trane

Urban Bush Women: Walking with 'Trane

Friday, April 7, 2017 - Saturday, April 8, 2017

Ballet & Contemporary Dance Contemporary Dance JFK Centennial Celebration

The celebrated company known for vivid performances and intelligent dance pieces performs a new work that explores the legacy of jazz musician John Coltrane, visualizing his life's work through dance and eye-catching multimedia components.

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Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Artistic Director
Choreography by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Samantha Speis
Music by Philip White and George Caldwell
Dramaturgy by Talvin Wilks 
Lighting design by Russell Sandifer 

Costume design by Helen Lucille-Collen 
Video design by Wendall Harrington

"Few companies connect as deeply and genuinely with their audiences."
--The New York Times

"Whether or not you have a connection with Coltrane and his music, Walking With ‘Trane is sure to be a stroll worth experiencing."
--Pittsburgh City Paper

Walking with 'Trane is a multidisciplinary work inspired by the musical life and spiritual journey of legendary composer and saxophonist John Coltrane, who stood at the forefront of jazz and bebop innovation in racially charged 1960s America. Featuring Urban Bush Women's skilled dancers joined by Grammy Award(r)–winning jazz pianist George Caldwell, the program consists of two distinct halves: SIDE A, "Just a Closer Walk with 'Trane," is a conjuring of the seminal musician's essence, while SIDE B, "Freed(om)," is an exploration of his artistic imprint, specifically his groundbreaking 1965 album A Love Supreme.
This contemporary dance company burst onto the dance scene more than 30 years ago with bold and innovative works that bring rarely heard stories to life through the vision of award-winning founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, who weaves together movement, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora. This stunning new work, replete with eye-catching projections and lighting designs, was workshopped locally at the American Dance Institute, and now makes its exciting D.C. premiere.

Performance Timing: Part One - 44 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 32 min.
Apr. 7: Free Post-Performance Discussion

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Urban Bush Women - Walking with ‘Trane