Urban Bush Women in Rhode Island
February 24, 2016, 6:00-9:00PM
Southside Cultural Center – 393 Broad Street, Providence
Join FirstWorks and community members for a bold, transformative evening featuring food, conversation, and a showcase of local performers.
Emceed by Valerie Tutson and featuring Sidy Maiga, Christopher Johnson, Becky Bass, Rose Weaver, Ricardo and Bernadet Pitts-Wiley, an excerpt from WAR Stories, directed by Melodie Thompson and featuring Heavenly Praise Dance Company, under the direction of Claude Michelle Aubourg, and Rod Luther. To cap off the evening, Urban Bush Women will perform Nora Chipaumire’s dark swan*, a sensual work exploring the presentation and representation of the African female body.
Doors open at 5:30 PM; dinner starts at 6 PM; performance starts at 7:15 PM; dessert, coffee, and conversation will follow the performance.
Tickets: $10-20 ($15-25 at door)
*dark swan contains mature language and movement and may not be suitable for younger children
For three decades Urban Bush Women’s powerful moves have shaken theaters and inspired communities celebrating the culture of the African diaspora. As part of their five-month project with FirstWorks this season, Urban Bush Women return to Providence in February 2016 for two jam-packed weeks of workshops and talks.
Urban Bush Women in RI: Art Activating Community is a Widening the Circle: Intersections of Dance, Music, Community, and Social Change initiative presented by FirstWorks, American Dance Legacy Initiative, and Rites and Reason Theatre in collaboration with Artists and Scientists as Partners, Brown University, RISD Center for Student Involvement, Rhythm of Change Festival, and Urban Bush Women. Funded in part by DanceUSA/Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Creative Arts Council of Brown University, RISD Center for Student Involvement, and RI Council for the Humanities.