"So juicily do the dancers in Jawole Willa Jo Zollar's company project empowerment, self-esteem,
and strength under duress that after every dance, you want to cheer."
–The Village Voice
Zollar: Uncensored is an evocative journey of Jawole's creative history from 1984 to the present. The company has a rich history of presenting in the Twin Cities, including a long connection to the Walker Art Center who presented and commissioned a number of UBW pieces in the '80s and '90s. However, the works of Zollar: Uncensored have never been seen before in the Twin Cities. She chose sections of works that speak to her early investigations into eroticism, sensuality, and the reclaiming of the broken parts of the self after trauma. This retrospective is a collage of excerpts that connects to the area of Jawole's work that she eventually abandoned or that was diminished when the Jesse Helms era of censorship frightened presenters and funders. Ultimately Zollar: Uncensored is a tribute to all of the women who have been Urban Bush Women.
For more background on the company and its distinctive history with the Twin Cities, check out this Walker website/hyperessay.
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Artistic Director
Featuring Life Dance II-the Papess...mirror in the waters and excerpts from My Female Hand, Marinesa, and Batty Moves
Live music performed by Somi, also in a special Northrop Jazz: Live at the Campus Club concert on October 22.
Northrop Concerts and Lectures is a fiscal year 2010 recipient of an Arts Access grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This performance is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
Presented with support from the U of M Office for Equity and Diversity, the Givens Foundation for African American Literature, University of Minnesota Bookstores, KFAI Radio, U of M Institute for Advanced Study, U of M Urban Research/Outreach Engagement Center (UROC), U of M Women's Center, and the U of M Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.
Funding for the presentation of Urban Bush Women is provided in part by a grant from the Carolyn Foundation. The performance of Urban Bush Women is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts’ “American Masterpieces: Presenting” initiative.
Presented in conjunction with the U of M Dance Program Symposium, "Continuously Rich: Black Women in Cultural Production,'" Thu, Oct 21-Sat, Oct 23
The 10-11 Northrop Season is presented with special support from Project SUCCESS.
Media Partner: Jazz88
Artists and programs subject to change. Contains nudity.