Joyce Theater


American Dance Platform 2020

ADP CURATOR: Christy Bolingbroke

Works Performed: Women's Resistance and I Don’t Know, but I Been Told, If You Keep on Dancin’ You Never Grow Old

About the Company

Company Website

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. The company achieves this 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.


Latest Works

Urban Bush Women - APAP showcase 
as a Guest of the Dance Managers’ Collective’s 2021 Imagine Dance Festival 

Thursday, January 7, 9-9:20 p.m. ET

UBW will share information and excerpts of three different programs available for touring starting in 2022: 
Legacy + Lineage + Liberation
Hair & Other Stories 
Haint Blu 


Legacy + Lineage + Liberation

Celebrating UBW’s 35th Anniversary, this dynamic evening of iconic works ignites, inspires, and amplifies the voices of Women+ of color. Features music from a live drummer. 

Hair & Other Stories

This dance-theater work explores race, identity and ideas of beauty through the lens of Black women’s hair. 

Haint Blu

This site-specific experience blends movement, song, and storytelling to heal, remember, and reclaim our bodies, our histories, our communities. Currently in development, seeking commissioners.  

Visit UrbanBushWomen.Org to explore current works and performances.

Funding Credits

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The Joyce Theater's American Dance Platform is dedicated to the memory of Theodore S. Bartwink of The Harkness Foundation for Dance. Theodore S. Bartwink was a Joyce Theater Foundation Trustee from 1993 to 2014.

Major support for The Joyce’s presentation of the American Dance Platform has been provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance. 

Additional support for the American Dance Platform in 2020 was provided by a grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts.