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Urban Bush Women – 40th Anniversary: Legacy + Lineage + Liberation

February 16 | 7:30 pm

Urban Bush Women’s “Women’s Resistance,” photo by Hayim Heron

Urban Bush Women
40th Anniversary: Legacy + Lineage + Liberation

In honor of Urban Bush Women’s 40th Anniversary, Legacy + Lineage + Liberation celebrates the power of Women(+) in an evening of new and classic works that transcend genres and amplify the voices of Women(+) of color. This dynamic program features iconic works by Founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and a new work by Co-Artistic Directors Chanon Judson and Mame Diarra Speis.

Each of these works gives multiple dimensions of life that resonate in this time of reflection around equity and justice, and that lift up Black lives in inspiring ways. Experience UBW’s great sense of musicality, reflection inside of empathy and joy, and leave the theater energized and inspired. Featuring live music by Grace Galu Kalambay (vocals, guitar) and Lucianna Padmore (percussion)

  • I Don’t Know, but I Been Told, If You Keep on Dancin’ You Never Grow Old is an energetic mash-up of different dance forms that came out of Black neighborhoods and features a live drummer;
  • Give Your Hands to Struggle lyrically honors leaders from the Civil Rights era;
  • Women’s Resistance fuses power and grace in a call to collective action around truths that bind us all;
  • Haint Blu (Proscenium) is a dance-theater work seeped in memory and magic using performance as a center and source of healing, taking us through movement into stillness and rest.

LOCATION: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC

INFORMATION AND TICKETS: Contact theschaefercenter@appstate.edu, call 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046, visit the box office at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, or purchase online.

PARKING: Parking can be challenging, particularly for sold-out events. Please allow extra time to park and arrive at the theatre before showtime. See map below for parking recommendations.

map of recommended parking lots on campus

ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: Appalachian is committed to providing an inclusive experience for individuals with disabilities. If accommodations are needed in order to fully participate on the basis of a disability, contact the Office of Disability Resources (828.262.3056). It is recommended that accommodation requests be made two weeks prior to the event.

$28 Standard, $23 Locals* and App State Faculty/Staff, $10 All Students
*Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties

Friday, Feb. 16, 2024 | 7:30pm; lobby and doors open at 6:30pm

Urban Bush Women’s “I Don’t Know, but I Been Told, If You Keep on Dancin’ You Never Grow Old,” Courtesy of Rowan University

Urban Bush Women’s “Give Your Hands to Struggle,” photo by Ian Douglas.


Urban Bush Women (UBW), founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, is a Brooklyn-based dance-theater company under the artistic direction of Chanon Judson and Mame Diarra Speis. UBW seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories to light through dance. They do 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.

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February 16
7:30 pm
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Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
733 Rivers St
Boone, NC 28607
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