Urban Bush Women, Annie-B Parson, Brian Brooks And Jumatatu Poe Named Caroline Hearst Choreographers-in-Residence At Princeton

Urban Bush Women Hair and Other Stories Photo Hayim-Heron

Urban Bush Women in Hair and Other Stories (Photo by Hayim Heron)

(Princeton, NJ) – The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University announces four artist residencies in the third round of the Caroline Hearst Choreographers-in-Residence Program. Brian Brooks, Annie-B Parson, Jumatatu Poe, and the ensemble Urban Bush Women will spend anywhere from a week to a semester in the Lewis Arts complex studios at Princeton during the 2019-20 academic year.

The purpose of the Hearst program is to bring prominent choreographers and dancers in conversation with Princeton students through a variety of engagement activities while supporting the development of these choreographers’ work. The residencies planned for each of these four recently named choreographers are aimed at maximizing that potential engagement. The program is supported through a gift from Margaret C. and William R. Hearst, III.

Urban Bush Women: Hair and Other Stories

Many of the choreographers in this round of residencies will be rehearsing in Lewis Center studios with their professional dancers to further their work on current creative projects. Princeton students will be invited to showings and open rehearsals, with a number of these events open to the public.

Each choreographer will also be guest-teaching in classes and inviting their professional dancers to join the classes to dance side by side with students. Other engagement activities include students apprenticing as choreographic assistants; dinners and conversations between the choreographers and students; advising student projects; and sharing informal showings of works-in-progress.

2019-20 Hearst Choreographers in Residence at Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts

Inside the Studio: Terrain, a World Premiere by Brian Brooks

Brian Brooks is director of Brian Brooks Moving Company, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow, and the inaugural Choreographer in Residence at Chicago’s Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Other recent awards include a New York City Center Fellowship, Joyce Theater Artist Residency and Mellon Foundation Creative Artist Fellowship. Brooks’ work has toured internationally since 2002 with presentations by BAM’s Next Wave Festival, the Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, the American Dance Festival, New York City Center Fall for Dance Festival, and the Works and Process series at the Guggenheim Museum, among others.

Beyond his company, Brooks has developed work with renowned ballet dancers, actors, and student groups. Damian Woetzel/Vail International Dance Festival has commissioned him to create three works featuring dancers from New York City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet, including First Fall, in which he dances with former New York City Ballet Principal Wendy Whelan. He is in his fifth year collaborating and touring with Whelan, currently performing a duet evening accompanied by the string quartet Brooklyn Rider.

Brooks has choreographed off-Broadway Shakespeare productions for Theatre for a New Audience including A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013), directed by Julie Taymor, and Pericles (2016), directed by Trevor Nunn. He has created dances for Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech, The Juilliard School, Boston Conservatory, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, and Harvard University, among others.

Annie-B Parson: Making 17c: BAM 2017 Next Wave Festival

Annie-B Parson co-founded Big Dance Theater (BDT) in 1991, and with BDT she has created numerous large-scale works for such venues as BAM, The Old Vic/London, Sadler’s Wells/London, The Walker, The National Theater/Paris, and The Kitchen. Parson has also made choreography for rock shows, marching bands, movies, museums, objects, television, augmented-reality, opera, ballet, theater, symphony orchestras, string quartets, and a chorus of 1,000 amateur singers.

Her awards include the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (2014), an Olivier Award nomination in choreography (2015), Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award (2014), U.S.A. Artists Grant in Theater (2012), Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography (2007), two New York Dance Performance (Bessie) Awards (2010, 2002), and three New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellowships (2013, 2006 and 2000). Big Dance Theater received an OBIE Award (2000) and the first Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award (2007).

Artists she has worked with include David Byrne, David Bowie, St. Vincent, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Wendy Whelan, Anne Carson, Laurie Anderson, Nico Muhly, The Martha Graham Dance Co., and Jonathan Demme. Her work with David Byrne began in 2007 with his tours with Brian Eno, and then St. Vincent. Their most recent work, American Utopia, is on Broadway this fall. Parson’s new book Drawing the Surface of Dance: A Biography in Charts will be published by Wesleyan Press.

Jumatatu M. Poe: Salt (excerpt) – 2015

Jumatatu M. Poe is a choreographer and performer based between Philadelphia and New York City producing dance and performance work independently, as well as in collaboration with idiosynCrazy productions, a company he founded in 2008 and now co-directs. The company serves as a resource to produce public dialogues around the integration of art into society and the social responsibility of the artist.

For the past several years Poe has worked collaboratively with J-Sette artist Jermone Donte Beacham on a series of visual and performance works, Let ‘im Move You. He has performed his work in various cities throughout the U.S. and in Europe and has received a number of awards including NEFA National Dance Project Production Grant, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, MAP Fund, and National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN) Creation & Development Fund.

From 2009-2018, he was an assistant professor of dance at Swarthmore College. Previously, Poe danced with Marianela Boán, Silvana Cardell, devynn emory, Emmanuelle Hunyh, Tania Isaac, Kun-Yang Lin, C. Kemal Nance, Marissa Perel, Leah Stein, Keith Thompson, Kate Watson-Wallace, Reggie Wilson, Jesse Zaritt, Kariamu Welsh/Kariamu & Company, and Merián Soto.

Urban Bush Women (UBW) is a Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change founded in 1984 by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. The group seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance and does this from a woman-centered perspective and as members of the African Diaspora community in order to create a more equitable balance of power in the dance world and beyond.

UBW works to galvanize artists, activists, audiences and communities through performances, artist development, education and community engagement. With the performance ensemble at its core, ongoing initiatives like the Summer Leadership Institute, Builders, Organizers & Leaders through Dance, and the Choreographic Center Initiative, UBW continues to affect the overall ecology of the arts by promoting artistic legacies; projecting the voices of the under-heard and people of color; bringing attention to and addressing issues of equity in the dance field and throughout the United States; and by providing platforms and serving as a conduit for culturally and socially relevant experimental art makers.

Zollar recently named company members Chanon Judson-Johnson and Samantha Speis as co-artistic directors of UBW.

Hearst Choreographers-in-Residence are chosen yearly through a nomination process and include choreographers at various stages of their careers exploring a wide range of aesthetics, including those who may not otherwise fit easily into the Dance Program’s curriculum.

For more information on the Program in Dance, future events related to the choreographers-in-residence program, and the more than 100 other performances, exhibitions, readings, screenings, concerts and lectures offered each year by the Lewis Center for the Arts, most of them free, visit: arts.princeton.edu

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