Urban Bush Women in Rhode Island
Art Activating Community

February 12, 5:00–7:00 PM
Providence Athenaeum – 251 Benefit Street, Providence

On 2/27, FirstWorks will present Urban Bush Women performing Walking With ‘Trane, a work emblematic of UBW’s practice of weaving contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of African Americans and the African Diaspora. Join us for a conversation about jazz history in RI with practitioners, observers, and fans of the scene.

With special guests Anthony J. Agostinelli, jazz historian, cable TV producer and retired Roger Williams University professor, Ferdinand Jones, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Brown University, and Sylvia Ann Soares, performer and niece of Eddie Soares, a first-generation Cape Verdean Rhode Islander who was a pianist renowned for his stride to cocktail style in solo performances and over 35 years with Tony Tomasso’s Jewels of Dixie.

Free and open to the public

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.

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Urban Bush Women Walking with 'Trane, Feb. 27, 2016