Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

(b. 1950)

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(b Kansas City, Mo., 21 Dec. 1950)

US dancer, choreographer, and company director. She studied with Katherine Dunham, and gained a BA in dance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City as well as a Master of Fine Arts from Florida State University. In 1980 she moved to New York where she studied and performed with Dianne McIntyre (1980–3) before forming her company Urban Bush Women in 1984. Its repertory of full-length dance theatre works, mostly by Zollar herself, have explored a range of issues affecting African-American women and include Anarchy, Wild Women, and Dinah (1986), Heat (1988), Song of Lawino (1988), Praise House (1990), Batty Moves (1995), Bones and Ash: A Gilda Story (1995), Self Portrait (1997), and the Bessie Award-winning Walking with Pearl…Southern Diaries (2005), based on the life of Pearl Primus.

Subjects: Dance.

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