An all-female African-American sextet who blast into oblivion the idealistic image of shapeless female forms flouncing around the stage. The company is dynamic, spiritual, energetic and most inspiring, encapsulating the essence of Black womanhood. Their arresting blend of contemporary dance, ancient African dance and that of America's slaves won them the prestigious Capezio Dance Award for significant contributions to dance in the US in 1994.

Archive listings for Urban Bush Women

Work type: Dance or ballet.

T0476328669 (CURVE16)

Renowned around the world for their breath-taking performances, the company will be sharing new pieces, alongside iconic work from the past 30 years. Including Walking with ?Trane inspired by the influential American jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane and his seminal work 'A Love Supreme', and Nora Chipaumire's striking choreography Dark Swan.
13 May 16 to 14 May 16Curve, Leicester :: V830272338
listing details L0965211926

Self-Portrait/Batty Moves/Shelter - T073384749

Self-Portrait - is a revealing glimpse into the creative process and includes text from Languid Libretto for Women In the Bush, a poem written for UBW by [Carl Hancock Rux]. Batty Moves - directly confronts and triumphs over the objectification of the black female body (batty is a Jamaican patois term for 'the buff'). In traditional African dance, the breasts and buttocks are as, if not more, important than the arms, legs and torso. Defiant and celebratory, Batty Moves challenges notions of physical attractiveness and appropriate movement. Shelter - uses the powerful text of poets hattie gossett and Laurie Carlos as a starting point for delving into the fear, desperation and anger of homelessness.
19 Oct 00 to 21 Oct 00Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester :: V489
listing details L0823347636
19 Oct 00 to 21 Oct 00Manchester Gorilla (formerly Green Room), Manchester :: V485
listing details L216231762

Urban Uproar - T577000285

A tremendous opportunity to explore the dance technique, vocal repertoire and choreographic language of [Urban Bush Women] through this 3 day dance training intensive. Open to experienced dancers who wish to work at a professional pace.
12 Oct 00 to 13 Oct 00Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester :: V489
listing details L635146583

Other listings

27 Nov 07Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool :: V538
listing details L236966282
23 May 07 to 24 May 07Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal :: V6
listing details L0330516462
15 Apr 99White Rock Theatre, Hastings :: V670
listing details L1001422554
24 Nov 98Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
listing details L0379865544

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