The First Annual Urban Bush Women Dance Residency

Published October 7, 2021

Urban Bush Women photo by Hayim Heron.

Photo by Hayim Heron

UB Theatre and Dance (THD) is honored to welcome the Urban Bush Women dance company (UBW) this October for the first annual UBW Dance Residency. The company will teach classes and workshops for Department and University students and will develop new work in the Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre during the week of October 4 – 8, 2021. The collaboration between UBW, the Department, and the College of Arts and Sciences helps to fulfill an educational priority to give new and upcoming student-artists exposure and access to professionals in the field. The sustained engagement between these entities will not only expand opportunities for student and faculty research and creative activity, but will also bring a diverse array of artist-scholar-collaborators to interact across the College, University, and Buffalo-at-large.

“This new partnership feels like a gift,” said Anne Burnidge, Associate Professor and Department Chair. “I can’t wait to see how it grows and develops and how our students, our university and our community are expanded by the opportunity to work with and learn from Chanon and these amazing artists.”

Urban Bush Women in motion.

Photo by Ian Douglas

Urban Bush Women (UBW) galvanizes artists, activists, audiences and communities through performances, artist development, education and community engagement. With the ground-breaking performance ensemble at its core, and ongoing programs including the Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), BOLD (Builders, Organizers & Leaders through Dance) and the Choreographic Center Initiative, UBW affects the overall ecology of the arts by promoting artistic legacies; projecting the voices of the under-heard and people of color; bringing attention to and addressing issues of equity in the dance field and throughout the United States; and by providing platforms and serving as a conduit for culturally and socially relevant experimental art makers.

UBW Founding Director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar is a 2021 MacArthur Fellow.