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Urban Bush Women
The Artist Journal | Entry 3: Riverpools and Portals

Friday, October 30, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Saturday, October 31, 2020 | 1:00 pm

For this performance, there are two distinct audience experiences. You must choose and purchase tickets for one of the following:

*Zoom Room Experience
This is a virtual, interactive Zoom experience that will be simultaneously publicly live streamed via Vimeo, and recorded for non-commercial purposes. Attendance is limited, and registration guarantees access to the private Zoom Room and Breakout Rooms. Audience participants will be invited to share, listen, and embody stories of their own in response to the performers’. Tickets are exclusive to the ticket buyer(s) and are non-transferable. Zoom Room Experience tickets will go off-sale on October 31 at 11 AM ET.

**Live Stream Experience
You will witness a live interactive Zoom experience via Vimeo live stream. Participation is encouraged through connecting with Urban Bush Women in the Vimeo live chat.


Duke Performances is excited to present our Virtual Fall season – The Show Must Go Online! High-quality, commissioned films featuring artists originally slated for in-person performances will premiere on Vimeo for ticket holders. Each film, shot following local safety protocols, is made in collaboration with an audio and video crew in each artist’s home city. 

General admission tickets are $10 per presentation and Duke Student tickets are available free of charge through the support of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University. Before the premiere, ticket buyers will receive a unique Vimeo link to stream each performance online at the scheduled time. 


Celebrating a momentous 36th anniversary during an unprecedented year, Urban Bush Women (UBW), a Brooklyn-based performance ensemble and dance company under the artistic direction of Chanon Judson and Samantha Speis, will present the sole live performances during Duke Performances’ fall season: a new Artist Journal, the company’s virtual adaptation of its presentation format that mixes informal performance, audience interaction, conversation, and a dance party. Through the Artist Journal, the company shares its creative and research-driven process that explores the healing, remembering, and visioning essential to people of the African diaspora. By choosing one of two participatory experiences within this live event, audiences will have the opportunity to forge new connections to the company’s long history of cultural organizing and civic engagement through compelling storytelling, vibrant musicality, and dynamic choreography with “triple-threat performers who dance, sing and act with a sometimes searing sense of truthfulness” (The New York Times).

— Jameela F. Dallis

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Urban Bush Women’s residency is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. Student tickets for Duke Performances’ Virtual Fall season are made possible through generous support from the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University.

Urban Bush Women's "Hair and Other Stories"