Urban Bush Women
35th Anniversary

Urban Bush Women

Legacy + Lineage + Liberation
January 21 - 22, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

The women-led group celebrates 35+ years of bringing untold and under-told stories to light through dance.

21/22 Hop Presents

2021/22 Artist-in-Residence

Featuring the premiere of Haint Blu (proscenium version), a dance-theater work reflecting on familial lines through memory and magic, co-commissioned by the Hop and developed during the company's fall residency at Dartmouth. 

Under the artistic direction of Chanon Judson and Samantha Speis, Urban Bush Women is committed to highlighting the beauty and strength of the African Diaspora and Haint Blu is no exception. Haint Blu uses performance as a center and source of healing, taking us through movement into stillness and rest: remembering, reclaiming, releasing and restoring. 

Haint Blu is part of the evening's program created in honor of Urban Bush Women's 35th Anniversary. Legacy + Lineage + Liberation celebrates the power of Women+, with classic works by founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. These iconic works transcend genres and amplify the voices of women of color, giving multiple dimensions of life that resonate in this time of reflection around equity and justice, and lift up Black lives in inspiring ways.

The performance on Saturday, January 22 will be followed by a discussion with the artists. 

UBW Legacy + Lineage + Liberation Tour Trailer


This performance contains haze.

Generously supported by the Howard Gilman 1944 Directorship at the Hopkins Center for the Arts Fund, the Wetzel Family Fund for the Arts, the Melville 1960 and Leila Straus Fund and Barbara J. and Richard W. Couch Jr. '64 E'65. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Haint Blu is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Live Arts Miami, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Junebug Productions, Yard Inc and NPN. The Creation & Development Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information, visit www.npnweb.org.

Photo: Ian Douglas

Learn more about UBW's 2021-22 Residency at the Hop >

Urban Bush Women (UBW), founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, is a Brooklyn-based performance ensemble and dance company under the artistic direction of Chanon Judson and Samantha Speis. UBW seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories to light through dance from a woman-centered perspective and as members of the African Diaspora community in order to create a more equitable balance of power in the dance world and beyond. UBW has been named one of America's Cultural Treasures by the Ford Foundation and one of 286 organizations "empowering voices the world needs to hear."
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