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Urban Bush Woman with Jant Bi ([urban bush women dancing])

Urban Bush Women and Compagnie JANT-BI

Brooklyn, New York's all-female Urban Bush Women and Senegal's all-male Compagnie JANT-BI collaborate to present Les écailles de la mémoire (The scales of memory).

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Infusing equal parts compassion, humor, muscle, and grace, Urban Bush Women Artistic Director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar's works have probed controversial topics. 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, her dances tell evocative stories.
Senegal's all-male Compagnie JANT-BI has stripped traditional African dance of all its folkloric trappings in a positive way. Through the lens of Western movement, Artistic Director Germaine Acogny has developed a pure dance language that captures the essence of African dance, rituals, and community spirit.
In a truly unique artistic exchange bridging continents and cultures, Urban Bush Women and Compagnie JANT-BI are collaborating to create Les écailles de la mémoire (The scales of memory). Seven dancers from each company join forces for an evening of highly energized dance that explores the importance of place and community. The movement vocabulary created by mixing Acogny's nature-inspired technique and Zollar's brand of contemporary dance influenced by Black vernacular movement forms a compelling cross-cultural exchange.
"Urban Bush Women are committed, triple-threat performers who dance, sing, and act with a sometimes searing sense of truthfulness."
--The New York Times
"Compagnie JANT-BI dances with a mind-blowing intensity."
--The New York Times

Performance Plus: Post-performance discussion on Friday, February 1, FREE with your performance ticket.

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