Favorite

Women On the Edge 

The Urban Bush Women jump on it.

UApresents winds up a fabuloso season of dance with a single performance by Urban Bush Women Saturday night at Centennial Hall.

Founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women infuses its blend of modern dance and street moves with African-American tradition. Zollar draws on sources as wildly divergent as her childhood double-Dutch jump-roping and fraternity step shows. Her dancers are furiously athletic--just like those double Dutchers--and they've been praised for their powerful mixing of the physical and the verbal.

An artist in residence at Florida State University, Zollar sets her dances not only to music but to the spoken word, with accompanying poems by the likes of Ntozake Shange ("For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide--").

A Shange text will accompany "Soul Deep to the Bone," to be danced Saturday. Other pieces include "Hands Singing Song," with text by poet Abiodun Oyewole, and "Shelter," with texts by Hattie Gossett, Carl Hancock Rux and Laurie Carlos.





Urban Bush Women perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Centennial Hall. Tickets are $16 to $28, with half-price tickets for students and children, and 20-percent off for UA faculty and staff. A free discussion of the troupe will take place at 7:15 p.m. at in Room 102 of the Center for English as a Second Language, 1100 E. N. Campus Drive, north of Centennial Hall. For tickets and information call the box office at 621-3341.

Tags: ,

More by Margaret Regan

  • Back to the Source

    New Quiroz paintings are tender memory works of a barrio childhood
    • Nov 22, 2018
  • The Artists Speak

    Five powerhouse Tucson artists at Bernal Gallery describe what art means to them
    • Nov 15, 2018
  • Martha Graham Rules

    Revered classics by Graham and Balanchine highlight a busy week in the Dancing Pueblo
    • Nov 8, 2018
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Role Play

    Live Theatre Workshop's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery has three actors playing about 40 characters.
    • Oct 19, 2017
  • Magical Musical

    ATC’s reimagined ‘Man of La Mancha’ is a spectacular triumph
    • Dec 14, 2017

Latest in Review

  • Martha Graham Rules

    Revered classics by Graham and Balanchine highlight a busy week in the Dancing Pueblo
    • Nov 8, 2018
  • That ’70s show

    ATC’s latest production celebrates the era of Erma Bombeck.
    • Nov 1, 2018
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Mysteries Within Mysteries

    Rogue Theatre tackles an ambitious production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
    • Nov 8, 2018
  • More »

Facebook Activity

© 2018 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation