Urban Bush Women in Rhode Island
Art Activating Community

February 27, 4:00–5:30 PM
RISD Auditorium – 7 Canal Walk, Providence

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Founder of Urban Bush Women and Thomas F. DeFrantz, Professor of Dance, Theater and Women’s Studies and Chair of African & African American Studies at Duke University discuss Walking with ‘Trane, Black Dance in its varied contemporary manifestations, Black Lives Matter, and the long histories of dance in African American social justice advocacy. Presented in partnership with The Rhythm of Change Festival at Brown University.

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.



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