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Urban Bush Women: Twenty Years of African American Dance Theater, Community Engagement, and Working It out

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Provocative, moving, powerful, explicit, strong, unapologetic. These are a few words that have been used to describe the ground-breaking Brooklyn-based dance troupe Urban Bush Women. Their unique aesthetic borrows from classical and contemporary dance techniques and theater characterization exercises, incorporates breath and vocalization, and employs space and movement to instill their performances with emotion and purpose. Urban Bush Women concerts are also deeply rooted in community activism, using socially conscious performances in places around the country—from the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center, and the Joyce, to community centers and school auditoriums—to inspire audience members to engage in neighborhood change and challenge stereotypes of gender, race, and class.

Nadine George-Graves presents a comprehensive history of Urban Bush Women since their founding in 1984. She analyzes their complex work, drawing on interviews with current and former dancers and her own observation of and participation in Urban Bush Women rehearsals. This beautifully illustrated book captures the grace and power of the dancers in motion and provides an absorbing look at an innovative company that continues to raise the bar for socially conscious dance.

About the Author

Nadine George-Graves is associate professor in the Department of Theater and Dance and affiliate faculty in African American studies, ethnic studies, and critical gender studies at the University of California, San Diego.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Working Dance

Chapter 1. Development

Chapter 2. The Body: Divided and Conquered

Chapter 3. The Word: Black Magic Realism

Chapter 4. The World: Shelter from the Heat

Chapter 5. The Soul: The Spirit Moves

Chapter 6. The Community: In Theory and Practice

Coda: By Blood, through Dance

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299235536
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Subject:
Urban Bush Women (Dance company) - History
Author:
George-Graves, Nadine
Author:
George-Graves, Nadine
Author:
Nadine George-Graves
Subject:
Dance companies - New York (State) -
Subject:
Social Science : Ethnic Studies - African American Studies -
Subject:
Dance - Classical & Ballet
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Dance - General
Subject:
Dance-Ballet
Subject:
Dance-Theory and History
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
July 2010
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
296

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History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » World History » General

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