Founded in 1984 by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women bring under-told stories to life by weaving contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora. The company first performed at Jacob’s Pillow as part of its Splash Festival in 1988 and has returned many times since, presenting its works on all three stages, participating in residency activities throughout the area, and premiering works commissioned by the Pillow (including HairStories and Praise House). The full evening Walking With ‘Trane was inspired by John Coltrane and presented at the Pillow in 2019. Mentored early in her career by Dianne McIntyre, Zollar is a longtime professor at Florida State University and is the recipient of many awards and honors.
EXPLORE TWO MULTI-MEDIA ESSAYS ON JAWOLE WILLA JO ZOLLAR:
HairStories by Maura Keefe
Career Overview by John Perpener