Date(s) - Aug 27
Brooklyn, New York-based dance company Urban Bush Women (UBW) will perform the West Coast premiere of their newest work, Walking with ‘Trane, a nonlinear story-based dance inspired by the musical life and spiritual journey of John Coltrane, a composer at the forefront of jazz innovation in racially-charged 1960s America. In this work, Urban Bush Women explore the dynamics of Coltrane’s music through experimental movement and an original soundscape inspired by his musical legacy. The evening will begin with a performance by Los Angeles-based urban Latin dance theater company CONTRA-TIEMPO of their new work SHE WHO: Frida, Mami & Me, a piece looking at the life, mythology and properties of Mexican visual artist Frida Kahlo and Nigerian deity Mami Wata. Traveling the turbulent waters of protest, feminism, resilience and identity, their stories have spurred a nuanced and multi-cultural dialogue between African American choreographer and former UBW member Marjani Forté-Saunders and Latin dance-based CONTRA-TIEMPO.