Urban Bush Women: Bringing Praise House to the Stage (1991) | ETV Classics

Watch the performance of "Something Sacred," a stage play that focused on the origins of praise houses in the Gullah culture and on the sea islands.

Earlier this week, Praise House: A Tradition (1991) was featured on ETV Classics.  The inspiration for that documentary came from the a performance by the Urban Bush Women at Spoleto Festival 1990.

Who are the Urban Bush Women?

In 1984, dancer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar founded Urban Bush Women (UBW) as a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change. UBW has toured five continents and has performed at venues including Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and The Kennedy Center. 

Side Note:

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