Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder of Urban Bush Woman will be chatting to Laurie Uprichard
Our 'Moments of Wisdom' quarterly series is an opportunity for new and emerging artists to meet an established dance artist, or industry professional, with a view to coming away with insights to inform your own practice.
Taking place online on Friday 5 August at 1pm, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder of Urban Bush Women, will be chatting with Laurie Uprichard, Executive Artistic Director at Dance Cork Firkin Crane, and taking your questions. This is a free event.
About Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
After growing up in Kansas City, Missouri, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar earned her B.A. in dance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and her M.F.A. in dance from Florida State University. In 1980, Jawole moved to New York City to study with Dianne McIntyre at Sounds in Motion. She founded Urban Bush Women (UBW) in 1984 as a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change.
Jawole has created over 34 works for UBW, as well as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, among other companies. Her collaborations have included Compagnie Jant-Bi from Senegal and independent choreographer Nora Chipaumire. UBW has toured to five continents and was selected as one of three U.S. dance companies to inaugurate the cultural diplomacy program for the U.S. Department of State in 2010.
Jawole is the founder of UBW’s Summer Leadership Institute, founding Artistic Director, and Chief Visioning Partner of UBW, and holds the position of the Nancy Smith Fichter Professor of Dance and Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor at Florida State University. Jawole received a 2008 United States Artists Wynn fellowship, a 2009 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and a 2021 fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She received the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and holds honorary degrees from Columbia College, Chicago; Tufts University (MA); Rutgers University (NJ); and Muhlenberg College (PA). Jawole received the Dance Magazine Award in 2015 and the Dance/USA Honor Award in 2016. She received the 2017 Bessie Lifetime Achievement in Dance Award for her work in the field along with the 2021 DanceTeacher Award of Distinction, and the 2021 Martha Hill Dance Fund Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2020, The Ford Foundation recognized Urban Bush Women as one of America’s Cultural Treasures. Jawole most recently received the 2022 APAP Honors Award of Merit for Achievement in the Performing Arts.