Urban Bush Women Afterthoughts

Oct 21, 2010

Thanks for sharing in the Urban Bush Women experience. What did you think of UBW's "batty moves?" Did you catch any of the related events with Jawole? If so, did any of her experiences or history resonate with you personally? Join in the conversation by posting your thoughts and check out our photographs from the residency on Flickr.

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What an amazing performance! It was an honor to be in space.

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I felt privileged to be in the space and to view such strength and depth in a performance. I also want to say I really appreciated the QandA session after the performance

The extraordinary lighting and the strength of the dancing was only surpassed by the trio of exceptional voices and outstanding percussion which accompanied the dancers. The vibrancy of the low alto voice with the crystal clear tones of the soprano added a level to the program which touched me even deeper than the dancers themselves. Their stress on final consonants of some of the words added to the performance.

Just wanted to say that this was one of the top three performances I've ever seen. Defining femininity through movement and breath, sensual without ever being gratuitous (despite what Jessie Helms might think); these women were powerful in every sense of the word. The Q&A was just the right length (how rare!). Best part: the crowd erupting during the curtain call.

This is the type of performance which appeals to a rather limited portion of the Twin Cities dance market--and it certainly did not touch us. We felt it was a social statement, not a DANCE performance--the performers touching themselves suggestively, engorging themselves with food, and taking clothes off and on was just a ruse to cover the lack of beauty, training and artistic merit. I have no idea if Ben reads this blog, but if you continue to book this type of "entertainment", we will not renew or attend what was once the premier season of dance in the Twin Cities. And serving food after the finale did not soften the effect of a poor choice, either.

This performance tested the boundaries and limitations of a typical dance performance. The point of the show was to display an act of reverance for oneself and an appreciation and a long lost love of a womans body. Why can't a woman not touch herself and it not b a sexual act? Was it difficult for u to see past the superficial aspect of the show? If so, you have sadly missed the point. This show was more than just mere "entertainment"... it was to open peoples eyes to a life that has been shunned for so many years.

Hey, Dean Johnson, thanks for booking the fine show. I have to take exception to the post-performance additions. Personally, I think this interferes with the experience of the audience for the sake of something that is tangential and perhaps a bit too self-congratulatory. This doesn't seem in keeping with the experience of art and the reflections it may inspire. If you want to schedule an event after the performance, I would suggest that you take a normal intermission, blink the lights, let people come back in if they want. Thanks.

This was not dance. My life would have been complete if I had NOT attended this performance. I know to be warned when I see co-sponsored by the Walker, and I was unhappy with the title, but the non-dance was beyond the pale and a terrible waste of $52. I suggest that you do as the Guthrie has started and allow we patrons to choose which 'dances' to attend. If your personal agenda is to introduce the Northrup dance audience to avante garde performances, then do it under another title.

I agree completely with this post--word for word.


Wonderful to see Jawole's early work. Such strong, beautiful dancers! I see a lot of dance, but I'm seldom moved as I was during parts of "uncensored." The whole evening, from audience reactions throughout the performance, to the excellent Q&A, the presentation of the award to Jawole, and the reception, felt like a celebration of this great woman's life and work. Here was a successful and important collaboration between Northrop and the Dept. of Theatre Arts and Dance. Bravo to Ben Johnson, Ananya Chatterjea, and all of the faculty, students, and staff who worked so hard to make this and the related events happen.

This was one of the best performances I've ever seen. I didn't want it to end. The provocative, emotional content of the dance, the beautiful singing, all combined to make this a very enjoyable experience. I hope to see more performances like this in the future. As for the people that were disappointed, I am guessing they didn't do a bit of research to see what the dance and the dance company was about.

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