Urban Bush Women/ Cheri L. Stokes
Programming will kick off at 6:00PM with a dance workshop from Urban Bush Women. Urban Bush Women are more than just a groundbreaking performance ensemble with a woman-centered perspective; their mission is to boost the voices of the marginalized and women(+) of color, addressing inequities in the dance community and promoting the artistic legacies of its members. They present an evening of classic works by UBW Founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar from their Legacy + Lineage + Liberation program that transcend genre, offering a glimpse at the multiple dimensions of life that resonate in this time of reflection around equity and justice, and that lift up Black lives in inspiring ways. Opening the program is Cheri L. Stokes, a producer and choreographer whose research explores the ways hip-hop and dancehall have influenced contemporary art and dance; she performs her latest work Da Block, a journey through her personal history growing up in Bed-Stuy in the 80s and 90s during the emergence of hip-hop culture. Using high-energy solo and ensemble work, Stokes incorporates facets of hip-hop, dancehall, and cultural aspects of African-American family history, seen through the lens of the neighborhood block party.