Chanon Judson has been growing with the acclaimed Urban Bush Women (UBW) since 2001, as a performer and now Co-Artistic Director. Her most recent work with the company has been the collaborative development of UBW’s new site responsive work “Haint Blu” with Co-Artistic Director Mame Diarra Speis. This site responsive work is an embodied look at familial lines and the movements, histories, and the stories of our elders and ancestors. It reflects on what has been lost across generations and what can be recovered. Chanon is also a director’s fellow with New Perspective Theatre Women’s Work Lab, Chicago Director’s Lab, and APAP's Leadership Fellowship Program.
Choreographic credits include "Times Up!" (commissioned by Flea Theatre), “The Hang” (Taylor Mac, Here Arts), “Cannabis: A Viper Vaudeville” (Collaborator/Performer - Baba Israel/Grace Galu/ Talvin Wilks), “Orlando” (Barnard College), "Chronicle X" (Nia Witherspoon), "Prometheus Bound" (Tank Theatre), “The Invention of Tragedy” (Flea Theatre), and “Nurturing the Nurturer,” her original performance-ritual/gathering for mothers. Chanon has worked with Mickie Davidson, Talvin Wilks, Kwame Ross, Barak adé Soleil, Sita Frederick, Sandra Burton, and Allyne Gartrell. Performance credits include A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, God’s Trombone (Craig Harris), Cotton Club Parade, Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Concert, and the Tony Award-winning musical Fela!
Chanon is an avid arts educator and has served as faculty with AileyCamp (Site Director), Alvin Ailey Arts in Education, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts. Chanon is the founder of Cumbe Center for Diasporic Arts’ Dance Drum and Imagination Camp for Children and co-founder of Pre-school Rock/Family Arts, offering child-centered spaces to learn, explore, and create. Chanon is a newly appointed Visiting Associate Professor at University at Buffalo where she is investigating jazz embodiment, education, and organizing aesthetics as well as leading a charge to redesign the jazz curriculum to better reflect the rich contributions of the African Diaspora.
Photo Credit: Hayim Heron
Chanon explores Liberatory Rituals that honor activists and waymakers, and investigates the individual practice of "freeing." Her work invites young people and their families to join her in movement making and storytelling experiences that celebrate their unique voice and the practices of care for ourselves, community, and environment.
Raising Voices Festival
Saturday, September 23, 2023
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday, September 24, 2023
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Admission is free. Registration is highly encouraged.
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