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Urban Bush Women Promotes Social Inclusion with Workshops and Presentations in Brasília

Urban Bush Women gives a breathtaking performance at SESC Ceilândia, on March 28, 2010.

Urban Bush Women gives a breathtaking performance at SESC Ceilândia, on March 28, 2010.

Brasília, March, 2010 – The United States Embassy brought the contemporary US dance group Urban Bush Women to Brazil from March 20th to 30th as part of its Latin America tour.

In Brasília, the group put on a series of workshops and talks at the social project Concerto Cultural Brasileiro and Azulin in the neighboring cities of Santa Maria and Sobradinho and presentations at the Praça Lúcio Costa – in front of the Conjunto Nacional and at SESC – Newton Rossi – Ceilândia.

Founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, the group is made up of seven women who use dance and cultural expression as catalysts of social change. 

Urban Bush Women mix contemporary dance, music and text containing cultural history and the traditions of Afro-Americans as well as the African Diaspora.  Their performance explores the transformation of challenges into beautiful manifestations of survival.

Urban Bush Women was the winner of the State Department competition for presentations in Latin America and is produced by Dance Motion USA, along with Lisa Booth Management, to showcase contemporary North American dance around the world.  The cultural exchange project aims to encourage dance as an instrument of social inclusion.