Hop@Home: Who We Are with DBR with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
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Who We Are with DBR

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

An Artistic Exchange with Daniel Bernard Roumain
August 06, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Hop@Home season. This is an archived view.

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Hosted by violinist, composer and Roth Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth Daniel Bernard Roumain, this compelling series features multidisciplinary artist-activists who have broken stereotypes and made history. Guest artists will discuss their experiences and the evolution of their work during this convergence of global health and social crises. Inspired by their conversation, Daniel and guests will create and share short performances together. Audience members are encouraged to submit their questions in the live chat.

Episode 3: Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

In 1984, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar founded Urban Bush Women (UBW) to explore the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change. The company has toured five continents and has performed at venues including Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and The Kennedy Center. Using Jawole's unique approach to the arts and activism, UBW's acclaimed Summer Leadership Institute supports artists' role in cultural organizing and civic engagement. In 2010, UBW was selected as one of three U.S. dance companies to inaugurate a cultural diplomacy program for the U.S. Department of State. Jawole is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, the 2015 Dance Magazine Award, the 2016 Dance/USA Honor Award and the 2017 Bessies Lifetime Achievement Award. Jawole is currently the Nancy Smith Fichter Professor of Dance and Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor at Florida State University. Find out more about Jawole and UBW's activist vision and practice in this spotlight of the company's interdisciplinary piece "Hair and Other Stories."

About Daniel Bernard Roumain

Daniel is known for his signature violin sounds infused with electronic, urban and African-American music influences. He has composed chamber, orchestral and operatic works and created large scale musical events for public spaces. He is also an Emmy winner for Outstanding Musical Composition for his collaborations with ESPN. Daniel is one of the creators and performers of The Just and the Blind about the realities of incarcerated youth and their families, which performed at the Hop in January 2020. Find out more about DBR's work on his website.

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