Dance to Address Social Injustice with Urban Bush Women

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Urban Bush Women's "Zollar Uncensored." Photo by Yi-Chun Wu.
Urban Bush Women's "Zollar Uncensored." Photo by Yi-Chun Wu.
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Dance for Every Body, a movement jam/dance workshop led by Brooklyn-based Urban Bush Women (UBW) and sponsored by the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, Connecticut, will be held on Wednesday, September 11 at the Housatonic Community College Events Center in Beacon Hall from 11:30am to 1pm. Space is limited and registration for this free event is recommended by calling (203)332-5052.

 

Dance for Every Body embraces the ideas that each individual has a unique and powerful contribution to make, and that our bodies are a powerful source of agency. The goal is for “every body” to find their level of challenge and comfort, to partake according to their abilities, and to appreciate the groups’ diversity as an attribute to their community. No prior dance experience is needed. Participants explore UBW’s technique with close attention to the use of breath, weight, call and response, and polyrhythm.

 

 

Founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. This is presented from a woman-centered perspective, and as members of the African Diaspora community, the group seeks to create a more equitable balance of power in the dance world and beyond. UBW uses art as a means of addressing issues of social justice and as a way to encourage civic engagement. The group aspires to ensure continuity by strengthening and expanding their international community via ongoing professional education, development of new audiences, nurturing young talent, and presenting bold, life-affirming dance works in a variety of settings, including at their annual Summer Leadership Institute.

 

For further information about this event, contact Robbin Zella at the Housatonic Museum of Art at rzella@hcc.commnet.edu or (203)332-5052.

 

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Boulevard in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Route 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.

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