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

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ISBN-10: 0299235548

ISBN-13: 9780299235543

Edition: 2010

Authors: Nadine George-Graves

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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.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 7/8/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

George-Graves is Assistant Professor of Theater Studies at Yale University.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Working Dance
Development: Core Values, Process, and Style
The Body: Divided and Conquered
The Word: Black Magic Realism
The World: Shelter from the Heat
The Soul: The Spirit Moves
The Community: In Theory and Practice
Coda: By Blood, through Dance