Joyce Theater

Dedicated to the memory of Theodore S. Bartwink of The Harkness Foundation for Dance.


Led by award-winning founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women weaves contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora, performed by dancers who deliver “urgent letters to the world, stories bursting to be told” (Dance Magazine). The program includes a collaboration between Zollar and Senegalese choreographer Germaine Acogny entitled Women’s Resistance, a call to action to amplify women’s voices in 2020. Also planned—and performed to live percussion—is Zollar’s I Don’t Know, but I Been Told, If You Keep on Dancin’ You Never Grow Old, an energetic mashup of dance forms emerging from black communities, from stepping to street dancing. 


Dayton Contemporary Dance Company was founded in 1968 to create performance opportunities for dancers of color. Five decades later, it remains rooted in the African American experience, committed to the development of diverse movement artists on the global stage. Known for making choreography “burst into life” (The New York Times), the company performs the New York premiere of rising talent Abby Zbikowski’s driving and highly physical work Indestructible, and Donald Byrd’s epic Geography of the Cotton Field, which explores the history of cotton in all its implications and cultural manifestations.  

Master Class with Indestructible choreographer Abby Zbikowski - Mon, Jan 6

Master Class with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company - Fri, Jan 10


The American Dance Platform showcases some of the most captivating American companies performing today. Created as a way to celebrate and promote companies from across the United States, each platform is programmed by a different curator appointed by The Joyce. This year’s offerings have been selected by Christy Bolingbroke, founding executive/artistic director at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron. The program will include performances by Rennie Harris Puremovement, Urban Bush Women, Limón Dance Company, Bruce Wood Dance, Embodiment Project, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and ODC/Dance.

Read the Program

Enjoy this sneak peek of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 

Funding Credits

Major support for The Joyce’s presentation of the American Dance Platform was provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance. Additional support provided by a grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Ticket Prices

Tickets start at $10!

Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes with one intermission. Late seating will be at the discretion of house management and latecomers are not guaranteed they will be seated in their purchased seats.

January 7—12 American Dance Platform

Urban Bush Women and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

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