Conversations With the Choreographer - Jawole Willa Jo Zollar


October 21, 2004, Thursday
7:00 p.m.
UC Riverside Performance Lab, ARTS 166
FREE and open to the public (Limited seating - arrive early)

Parking:  $5.00 in Lot 2 (No fee with UC permit)

RIVERSIDE, CA - UCR Cultural Events, in conjunction with the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts, present CONVERSATIONS WITH THE CHOREOGRAPHER on October 21, 2004, Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the UC Riverside Performance Lab, ARTS 166.  The CONVERSATIONS WITH THE CHOREOGRAPHER series is an informal series of dialogues with several of today's outstanding choreographers about their work and artistic vision.  This installment will engage acclaimed choreographer JAWOLE WILLA JO ZOLLAR, founding artistic director of the performance ensemble, Urban Bush Women, in a thought-provoking dialogue about the craft of choreography and her overall vision of dance.  Gluck Graduate Dance Fellow Roxane Fenton will moderate the evening's dialogue.

This intimate venue seats only 139 people.  The audience will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.  Arrive early to ensure entry.

This event coincides with a performance by Urban Bush Women, which will be held on Friday, October 22, 2004 at 8:00 p.m. in the University Theatre at the University of California, Riverside.  Tickets are $28 for general audience and $14 for students.  To purchase tickets, please contact the UCR Fine Arts Ticket Office at (951) 827-4331.

A pre-performance talk, beginning at 7:40 p.m. the night of the performance, will discuss highlights of the evening's program.

The CONVERSATIONS WITH THE CHOREOGRAPHER series is free and open to the public.  This event is sponsored by UCR Cultural Events and the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts at UC Riverside, and is supported in part by the National Dance Project.  The Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts is made possible through the generosity of the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation.

Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, JAWOLE WILLA JO ZOLLAR trained with Joseph Stevenson, a student of the legendary Katherine Dunham.  Zollar holds a BA in dance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and an MFA in dance from Florida State University.

In 1980, she moved to New York City to study with Dianne McIntyre at Sounds in Motion.  She founded Urban Bush Women in 1984.  In addition to repertory for UBW, Zollar has created works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Arizona, Philadanco, University of Maryland, University of Florida, Dayton Contemporary Dance of Florida, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and others.

Her many positions as a teacher and speaker include Worlds of Thought Resident Scholar at Mankato State University (1993-94), Regents Lecturer in the Departments of Dance and World Arts and Culture at UCLA (1995-96), Visiting Artist at Ohio State University (1996), and the Abramowitz Memorial Lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1998).  She was named Alumna of the Year by University of Missouri (1993) and Florida State University (1997).

She also received the Martin Luther King Distinguished Service Award from Florida State University where she is a tenured professor with the Dance Department.  Zollar was prominently featured in the PBS Documentary "Free to Dance", which chronicles the African American influence on modern dance.  In June 2002, Zollar was awarded an honorary doctorate from Columbia College in Chicago.

ROXANE FENTON, moderator, is a Ph.D. Candidate in Dance History and Theory.  This is her second year being involved with the Conversations with the Choreographer series.  In 2004, she gave the pre-performance talk for Shen Wei Dance Arts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.  Roxane's dissertation examines the sport of figure skating in the context of American popular culture.  She is also a modern dancer and she practices contact improvisation.

For more info about Urban Bush Women, visit the following website http://www.urbanbushwomen.org

For more info about UCR Cultural Events and Urban Bush Women contact:

Todd Wingate, Director
Cultural Events UCR
(951) 827-4629

For more information about the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts contact:

Sarah Fritsche
Arts Outreach Coordinator
Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts
(951) 827-3518

    Contact: Sarah Fritsche
    Phone: (951) 827-3518
    FAX:   (951) 827-4651
    E-mail: sarah.fritsche@ucr.edu

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