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2018 Press Kit



           Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts Announces Season, March 6, 2018 - The New                 York Times 

           Out of Town: Urban Bush Women bring modern dance to Flynn, March 5, 2018 - Addison                   County Independent

           Urban Bush Women: 'We're Going On a Journey' March 4, 2018 - Oregon ArtsWatch

           "DanceWatch Weekly, Welcome to Urban Bush Women" February 28, 2018                                         -Oregon ArtsWatch

            "Likely the last chance to see founder lead the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan"                          February 27, 2018 - Chicago Tribune  

           "Urban Bush Women's Lastest is a High-Energy Exploration of Race, Gender" February 26,                 2018 - WFPL News

          "Urban Bush Women explores the nuances of hair – race, body image and freedom –                            through dance" February 3, 2018 - The News & Observer

           "Urban Bush Women Dance toward liberation" February 1, 2018 - Mountain Xpress

           "Dance Review: BEACON18 left us wanting more" January 20, 2018 - Creative Loafing 

           "Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Returns To The Auditorium Theatre 3/7-1" January 16,               2018 -Broadway World

           "Tangled Tales: Exploring race, gender, inequality in 'Hair and Other Stories" January 15,                  2018 - The New Orleans Advocate




“And the 2017 Bessies go to…” August 31, 2017 - Amsterdam News

“UNCW Collaborates with CFCC, Thalian Hall to Offer Wilmington Dance Passport” August 31, 2017 - UNCW News

“The Bessies Reveal 2017 Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Service to the Field Awardees” August 25, 2017 - Artforum International Magazine

“The Bessies Announce 2017 Lifetime Achievement, Service Award Honorees” August 22, 2017 - Broadway World

“The Weekender: 5 Things to Do Aug. 11-13” August 11, 2017 - Cleveland Magazine

“FIAF Presents Nora Chipaumire's #PUNK at the Crossing the Line Festival” August 8, 2017 - Broadway World

“An Alvin Ailey Dancer Plans His Debut as a Choreographer” August 2, 2017 - New York Times

“Gustavo Ramirez World Premiere, New Works by Twyla Tharp and More Set for Alvin Ailey's 2017 New York City Center Season” August 2, 2017 - Broadway World

Livestreaming Urban Bush Women’s 2017 Summer Leadership Institute Culminating Performances—Brooklyn, NY—Sat, Aug 5” August 3, 2017 - HowlRound TV

“Alvin Ailey Dancer Turns Choreographer With the Company’s City Center Season” August 3, 2017 - Playbill Dance News

“Camille A. Brown & Dancers to Bring 'BLACK GIRL' to Jacob's Pillow” July 28, 2017 - Broadway World

“MSU Riley Center new season announced” July 28, 2017 - WTOK News

“BAM and LUMBERYARD Team for Next Wave Residencies” July 27, 2017 - Broadway World

“WINDING ROAD TO RILEY CENTER Legendary artists take varied paths en route to Meridian” July 27, 2017 - The Meridian Star

“The Art and Artistry of Double Dutch” July 25, 2017 - New York Times

“Dance Review: ‘Timeline’ makes inspirational art from great pain” July 21, 2017 - Herald Tribune

“Bluegrass, drumming, beatboxing & more in WCU performance series” July 19, 2017 - Citizen-Times

“Dance festival showcasing regional faves, New York company” July 13, 2017 - Akron Ohio News

“The WCU Bardo Arts Center announces its 2017-2018 season” July 7, 2017 - Mountain Xpress

Camille A. Brown and Paul Taylor Come to the MV PAC and The Yard” July 5, 2017 - Broadway World

"Artists Aim to Engage Communities with Hair Tales." by Saraya Wintersmith April 21, 2017  - Community Idea Stations 88.9 WCEV

"It Grows Back": Women Dance, Share Stories with Urban Bush Women
 during "Hair Party"." by Amir Vera
 April 19, 2017 - The Virginian-Pilot

"Urban Bush Women to Perform at Attucks Theatre." April 17, 2017 - WVEC-TV

"John Coltrane's Music Comes to Life in Urban Bush Women's 'Walking 
with 'Trane'." by Angella Foster
 April 15, 2017 - Dance Informa Magazine

"Urban Bush Women Performs at Yale." by Carrie Mannino April 13, 2017 - Yale 
Daily News

"Yale Dance Theater 2017: Urban Bush Women, April 12." April 12, 2017 - Yale 

"BWW Review: Urban Bush Women's WALKING WITH 'TRANE a Brilliant Celebration of Dance as Jazz." by Andrew White April 10, 2017 - Broadway World Washington D.C.

"BWW Interview: Theatre Life with George Caldwell." by Elliot Lanes April 5, 2017 - Broadway World Washington D.C. 

"Urban Bush Women Present Sneak-peek Work-in-progress of New Production, Hair and Other Stories." April 1, 2017 - Carleton College

"Dance It Up! Urban Bush Women Groove into HRVA, & All the Fantastic Dance Happenings in Tidewater This April." by Jaime Simpson March 31, 2017 - Alt Daily

"The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Presents Urban Bush Women in WALKING WITH 'TRANE." March 16, 2017 - Broadway World

"LET'S DANCE INTERNATIONAL FRONTIERS Announces Dance Festival Lineup." March 8, 2017 - Broadway World

 "Wesleyan Center for the Arts Presents Urban Bush Women: Walking with ‘Trane, March 3." February 28, 2017 - The Middletown Press



"Questions of Practice: Choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar on Artistic Evolution and Risk" November 2, 2016 - The Pew Center for the Arts& Heritage

"Black Theater Alliance Awards honor African-American artistry" by Hedy Weiss October 18, 2016 - Chicago Times

"Why Aren't We Seeing More Opportunities for Black Choreographers?" by Carla Escoda August 25, 2016 - KQED Arts

"Walking with 'Trane, dark swan" by David Meade July 2016 - Dancing Times

"Urban Bush Women spreading the word in the Berkshires" by Jenn Smith June 29, 2016 - The Berkshire Eagle

"Dance Heritage Coalition Celebrates New Treasures" by Wendy Perron June 14, 2016 - Dance Magazine

"Urban Bush Women ready to bring energy, activism to Berkshires" by Jenn Smith June 14, 2016 - Dance Magazine

"Dance/USA Honoree Jawole Willa Jo Zollar: Liberating the Pelvis … and the Dance Field" June 7, 2016 - Dance/USA's eJournal


"MAP Fund Releases 2016 Grantees List" April 26, 2016 - ArtForum

"Urban Bush Women return with work inspired by John Coltrane" by Steve Sucato March 9, 2016 - Pittsburgh City Paper

"Warwick Vets students experience ‘Urban Bush Women’" by Don Fowler March 3, 2016 - Warwick Beacon

"Urban Bush Women share artistry, activism" by Jennifer Shook March 3, 2016 - Brown Daily Harold 

"Urban Bush Women bring modern dance to Providence" by Channing Gray February 26, 2016 -Providence Journal

"The Ticket: Dance" by Karen Campbell February 19, 2016 - The Boston Globe

"Urban Bush Women Come to Providence" by Ken Abrams February 17, 2016 - GoLocalProv

"FirstWorks Artistic Icons Series to Continue with WALKING WITH 'TRANE" by BWW News Desk February 16, 2016 - Broadway World Rhode Island

"Black History Month celebrated through dance at FirstWorks" February 11, 2016 - The Rhode Show

"Five Can't Miss Events of the Week: Feb. 11–17" by Michaella Lesieur February 10, 2016 - Rhodes Island Monthly

"A Workshop with Urban Bush Women" February 2016 - RI Humanities

"3 things to do this week in R.I." by Mikki Catanzaro February 8, 2016 - Providence Journal

"Coltrane and Urban Bush Women a ‘Supreme’ pair" by Charmaine Patricia Warren January 21, 2016 - Amsterdam News

"New Choreographic Residencies in Store for 2016" by Lauren Wingenroth January 8, 2016 - Dance Magazine


"Urban Legends: FSU Influenced Urban Bush Women Use Dance for Social Change" by Kati Schardl Fall/Winter 2015 - Vires

"Urban Bush Women’s Walk with ‘Trane Is the Triumph of BAM’s Next Wave Festival" by Audrey Lane Ellis December 14, 2015 - Brooklyn Magazine

"Annenberg Center Live Opens Dance Season with Urban Bush Women This Weekend" by Dance News Desk October 22, 2015 - Broadway World

"Dancing from past to present with the Urban Bush Women" by Shaun Brady October 21, 2015 - Metro Philly

"Urban Bush Women channels a jazz genius with ‘Trane’." by Kati Schardl September 24,  2015 - Tallahassee Democrat

"Announcing the 2015 Dance Magazine Awards" by Jennifer Stahl October 16, 2015 - Dance Magazine

"Dancing, learning and debating for the black lives matter movement." by Shelby Hartman  July 30,  2015 - The Times-Picayune

"Doing Our Victory Dance" by Mary Rose Lloyd  July 30, 2015 - The New Victory Theater Blog

"Powerful multimedia performances fuel 'black lives matter' conversation." by Shelby Hartman  July 27,  2015 - The Times-Picayune

"Urban Bush Women kick off 10-day 'Black Lives Matter' conversation." by Shelby Hartman  July 23,  2015 - The Times-Picayune

"Victory Dance: A Review" by Devin Ablow July 2015 - The Dance Enthusiast

"Dance Listings for July 3-9" July 2, 2015 - The New York Times

"Vision 20 Dance"  June 18 2015 - TimeOut New York

"New Victory Sets 2015 Victory Dance Series"  May 4 2015 - Broadway World


"Guiding and Gliding, the Urban Bush Women." by A.C. Lee  July 10,  2014 - 
The New York Times
 "Time for Summerstage..." by Robert Johnson  July 4,  2014 - NJ.com
 "Toasting 30 Years of Raw Exuberance." by Brian Schaefer June 27,  2014-The New  York Times
"A B.O.L.D. Approach to Community Engagement." by Kelsey Menehan June 4, 2014 - Chorus America
 "Smith & Associates Real Estate Welcomes The Urban Bush Women to Tampa Bay." by
Bob Glaser. March 28,  2014 - Smith & Associates Real Estate
 "Urban Bush Women Connect UT Community." March 27,  2014 - The University of Tampa
 "Jawole Willa Jo Zollar Wins Meadows Prize." by Mark Lowry February 16, 2014 -
 Theater Jones
"SMU's Meadows School of the Arts awards Annual Meadows Prize to choreographerJawole Willa Jo Zollar." February 12, 2014 - Meadows News
"Urban Bush Women dance their history." by Kati Schardl. February 12, 2014 -
Tallahassee Democrat
"Urban Bush Women Celebrate Thirty Years of Art & Struggle." by Mark Anthony Neal.
February 12, 2014 - Left of Black
"Urban Bush Women dance with FAMU students." by Nicole Tschetter. February 11, 2014 -Tallahassee Democrat
"Jawole Willa Jo Zollar: Coming together to create." February 11, 2014 -
Faith & Leadership

"A REVIEW: Urban Bush Women." by Susan Broili. February 8, 2014 - The Herald Sun
"Relevance, and a cloud of dust." by Chris Vitiello. February 8, 2014 - Indy Week
"Urban Bush Women are back." by Kati Schardl. February 7, 2014 - Tallahassee Democrat
"Dance company culminates residency with premiere." by Kathy Zhou. February 5, 2014 - Duke Chronicle
"Urban Bush Women take Durham." by Lightsey Darst. February 5, 2014 - Indy Week
"John Coltrane Inspires Urban Bush Women." by Susan Broili. February 4, 2014 - The Herald Sun
"Yvonne Rainer and Urban Bush Women at Focus Dance Festival." by Stephanie Sirabian. January 12, 2014 - Bachtrack
"The Dance Enthusiast Asks Urban Bush Women About Coming Back and Moving Forward." by A. Nia Austin-Edwards (ANAE). January 6,  2014 - The Dance Enthusiast 


               “Dance with a message displayed at Great Falls Forum.” by David Sargen. October 2013
               - Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal
               "Great Falls Forum to host Urban Bush Women." October 2013 - Lewiston-Auburn Sun


               “DANCE REVIEW: Plenty of talent, but still developing.” by Carrie Seidman. March 2013 
               Arts Sarasota




"Modern-Dance History Times Five, With Plenty of Theatricality," by Roslyn Sulcas, December 2010 - The New York Times
"Five First Ladies of Dance' preview: Masters of movement team for celebratory tour," by Robert Johnson, December 2010 - Newark Star-Ledger
"REVIEW: Fly - Five First Ladies of Dance @ Oberlin 12/03/10," by Susan Schaul, December 2010 - Cool Cleveland
"U of M Dance students challenge stereotypes of 'black dance,'" by Sheila Regan, December 2010 - City Pages
"Dancing ladies take flight in performance at Oberlin College," by Donald Rosenberg, December 2010 - The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"FLY: Five First Ladies' hold a posture of maturity and grace," by Sarah Kaufman, November 2010  - The Washington Post
"Five First Ladies of Dance at the Kennedy Center Tonight," by Amanda Abrams, November 2010 - Washington City Paper
"Get to know 'Five First Ladies of Dance'," by Merilyn Jackson, October 2010 - The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Jawole Willa Jo Zollar explores early explorations into sensuality in new Urban Bush Women show," by Sheila Regan, October 2010 - by Sheila Regan Twin Cities Daily Planet
"'Uncensored' bares essence of women," by Caroline Palmer, October 2010 - StarTribune.com
"Everybody Dance," by John White, September 2010 - StoryCorps blog
"I am Urban Bush Women, hear me roar," by Melissa Wray, July 2010  - University of Minnesota Northrop blog
"On the money: TranscenDANCE youth arts project," by Janice Steingberg, July 2010  - The San Diego Union-Tribune
"Summer Arts review: Urban Bush Women," by Donald Munro, June 2010  - FresnoBeehive.com
"Dancing Through Tough Times," by Valerie Gladstone, June 2010  - TheRoot.com
"An 'Inspiration Lab' on South Oxford," by Tze Chun, May 2010 - New York Times, The Local
"So You Think It's African Dance," by Alastair MacCaulay, May 2010  - New York Times
"On Tour, U.S. Dancers Embrace Latin Rhythms," by Lauren Monson, May 2010  - America.gov
"It's Time to Bring Dance to the White House, and Obama Should Take the Lead," by Sarah Kaufman, April 2010- The Washington Post
"My Vision of Collaboration and Community," by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Spring 2010  - CSU Summer Arts Newsletter
"Soft Steps of Diplomacy," by Roslyn Sulcas, March 2010 - New York Times
"Danza afro-contemporánea este miércoles en el Adolfo Mejía," (in spanish) by Ajá Cartagena, March 2010  - urbanbushwomen.org
"Urban Bush Women," (in spanish), March 2010  - Estilio Baile
"Dark Magic: Urban Bush Women's Zollar: Uncensored," by Deborah Jowitt, February 2010  - The Village Voice
"Urban Bush Women: Celebrating 25 Years," by Selma Jackson, January 2010  - The Hill
"Urban Bush Women, Uncensored," by Evan, January 2010  - Dancing Perfectly Free
"Urban Bush Women, Moving Through a Defiant Past," by Claudia La Rocco, January 2010  - New York Times
"Urban Bush Women at Dance Theater Workshop in New York City," by Robert Johnson, January 2010  - Star Ledger
"Urban Bush Women rework classic pieces for 25th Anniversary," by Susan Reiter, January 2010  - New York Press
"Exporting Modern Dance," by Clare Croft, January 2010  - Dance Magazine




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Buzz from
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"The piece shows off the strength and intelligence of the company...a love letter to and elegy for Coltrane, the piece features wonderful wing-like dancing as well as some smart partnering. A persistent, tidal back-and-forth brought it all together."-Chris Vitiello,
Indy Week

“As it is, in the intervening years since most of the material was made, [Zollar] has found her way to a wonderfully textured, important body of work.” -
Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times

“The… anthology alternates between grabbing and shaking you and uplifting your spirits.”
Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice

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