Friday, January 18, 2008

Les écailles de la mémoire

For over twenty years The Urban Bush Women Dance Collective has been telling the stories of marginalized voices through contemporary dance. Jawole Willa Jo Zollar started UBW in 1984 to honor the sassy, multi-dimensional women she was raised around in Kansas City. Jawole has managed to create something so timeless and provocative that UBW has affected how dancers and audiences view themselves and the world around them.

For this particular performance, UBW will be performing with Compagnie Jant-Bi, an all male dance troupe from Senegal started by Germaine Acogny. Jant-Bi is known for tackling hard to address issues such as the genocide in Rwanda through African dance and movement.

These two amazing dance companies are coming together to perform; Les écailles de la mémoire (The Scales of Memory). In this union of traditional African dance and African American contemporary dance they will explore the dynamics of resistance, memory and love

Les écailles de la mémoire runs February 1-3 at the Kennedy Center.

For more information on ticket availability please visit the Kennedy Center online.