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October 20, 1991 | JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Young Hannah, who sees visions of angels, sits curled at her Grannie's feet. Her mother sweeps nearby, complaining that she can't get the young girl to do the dishes. Slowly the lights change, and, as Hannah's mother fades into the darkness, a line of women in luscious orange-and-red, African-tinged tribal dress undulate onto the stage. The generational conflict is both ancient and recent, domestic and mystic.
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October 20, 1991 | JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Young Hannah, who sees visions of angels, sits curled at her Grannie's feet. Her mother sweeps nearby, complaining that she can't get the young girl to do the dishes. Slowly the lights change, and, as Hannah's mother fades into the darkness, a line of women in luscious orange-and-red, African-tinged tribal dress undulate onto the stage. The generational conflict is both ancient and recent, domestic and mystic.
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October 10, 1993 | LUCILLE RENWICK
With the background of live, rhythmic African drums, the eight-member Urban Bush Women ensemble will use a seamless wave of dance, a cappella vocals and poetry to bring the black woman's experience to the Vision Complex Main Theater in Leimert Park on Oct. 17. The New York-based group, formed in 1984, explores African folklore and traditions as well as the everyday lives of black women through various forms.
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April 28, 2003 | Jennifer Fisher, Special to The Times
Something about the steely resolve and daredevil pliability of Philadanco dancers makes you wonder just how much high-gear dancing can occur before a blowout. In a four-part program on Friday night at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, a few dancers arched back with such vigor, or flung a leg high with such force, they nearly capsized. But that commitment to clarity and attack is what makes every work they do impressive on some level, even when it takes you on less of a journey than desired.
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May 1, 2013 | By David Ng
Two Los Angeles-based artists -- jazz musician Billy Childs and theater director John Malpede -- are among the 20 recipients of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards for 2013.  The recipients, whose names were announced this week, will each receive an unrestricted grant of $225,000 over a period of  three to five years. An additional $50,000 is available to each of the winners based on other criteria. The award was launched in 2011 with the intent of honoring individuals in the fields of theater, dance, jazz and related interdisciplinary work.
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September 1, 1991 | LEWIS SEGAL
The fall dance season kicks off Sept. 14 when the Bella Lewitzky company revives three celebrated pieces from the early 1970s at the Japan America Theatre. It ends with the return of the Joffrey Ballet "Nutcracker" to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Dec. 18-29. In between comes an unusually varied slate of dance events. On Sept. 19, Highways launches "Dance Traffic," its second annual dance festival--an ambitious event (running through Nov. 23) showcasing ten soloists and groups.
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February 20, 1997 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
Like Balanchine at New York City Ballet and Ashton at the Royal Ballet, Alvin Ailey is irreplaceable at the company in custody of his masterworks. Put his "Revelations" and "Cry" on a program and nearly anybody else's pieces prove insufficient. Or worse. New proof: a four-part program given Tuesday by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on the opening night of its weeklong engagement at the Wiltern Theatre.
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October 18, 1993 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
In the nine years since she formed Urban Bush Women, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar has honed the group's skills until acting, singing, dancing have grown equally gutsy, equally commanding. A three-part program at the Wadsworth Theater on Friday highlighted this phenomenal versatility--without easing doubts that Zollar's choreography has lagged behind.
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October 7, 1996 | JENNIFER FISHER
Philadanco is a company that can find 50 ways for the beat to drive a dance. And when those ways are good, this Philadelphia-based troupe is like pure oxygen in a smog alert. You wake up, you think life's not so bad, and you wish you could make those shapes, with that elegance and strength and just that amount of attitude.
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February 19, 2007 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
We all have the primal need to feel connected -- to one another, to the Earth, to the ineffable joys and sorrows of existence. The late modern dance pioneer-anthropologist Pearl Primus understood this; so too does Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Founder and artistic director of New York-based Urban Bush Women, Zollar has crafted a lush, deeply spiritual tribute to Primus with connections so visceral that at times, it's like watching delirious strands of dancing DNA.
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September 17, 1987 | CRAIG BROMBERG
Their name suggests a faction of high-powered feminist guerrillas fighting in some languishing Third World capital, but the Urban Bush Women aren't quite as radical as all that. If anything, it is the perfect moniker for this five member, New York-based dance company whose work co-mingles the vagaries of experimental dance with the raw soulfulness of black American culture. The Los Angeles premiere of the company's "Anarchy, Wild Women and Dinah" can be seen at the L.A.
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