Ujima Announces a VIRTUAL Season for 2020/2021
2020 has continuously shown itself to be a year of doubt and uncertainty. It has been especially challenging for Ujima Company, with the loss of our visionary Founder and Artistic Director, Lorna C. Hill. However, we are proud to announce we are pushing forward, guided by her vision and the belief that in time everything will be alright.
Due to COVID-19, Ujima Company, like all other arts performance spaces, must change how we produce our shows, with safety foremost in mind. As a collective, we have created a bold and exciting new virtual season with the intention to sustain, entertain, and keep you sane! Through this new virtual programming, Ujima continues to use theatre to build the beloved community, shape and reflect our lives, participate in civic conversations, and serve as a vehicle for social change.
Although you will not be able to physically join us in our new space this season, we hope that you find comfort watching us from wherever you are, on your favorite devices. We look forward to welcoming you virtually, until we are able to see you again in person.
“In everything you do, always put love & justice in front of you…” - Lorna C. Hill
FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE
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Ujima Company & Pure Ink present:
Spoken - In Her Own Words
This two- part program follows two incredible live SPOKEN shows performed outside in the Meadow at Silo City this past summer. In Her Own Words highlights the voices of women within Buffalo’s literary and spoken word community, connecting us through uncensored human experiences by means of poetry, music and theatre. Artists performing - Jillian Hanesworth, Annette Daniels- Taylor, Melinda Capeles, Danielle AJ, Eve Williams and Ujima Company Member, vonetta t. rhodes. This program is presented in partnership with Pure Ink Poetry.
Hair On Fire
Created and developed by Ujima’s own Curtis Lovell (daughter of Lorna C. Hill). Hair On Fire, weaves together the early narrative poems written by
Lorna C. Hill. Performances will include many of the pieces staged originally in Ms. Hill’s popular autobiographical choreopoem,Yalla Bitch, but it will also feature many of her unpublished works. Each chapter of the 6-part monthly series will feature works fusing music, poetry and movement. Hair on Fire will entrap you with its storytelling of family, pain, sorrow, happiness and love, featuring a stellar cast of Buffalo actors and actresses.
This 6-part series is a continuation of Ujima’s revolving online showcase of invited artists reflecting their views, opinions and creations addressing today’s current events, issues and concerns. The series was created by Ujima company members during the pandemic as a way for artists to come together as a community to heal and to help others heal. #ArtThatHeals features artists from all disciplines, providing short balms of healing through song, dance, art installations, portraits, poetry, film and more.
Patterned after the highly successful NPR music’s Tiny Desk series, Ujima Presents an intimate 4-part series of LIVE recorded multi-disciplinary concerts, featuring some of Buffalo’s best and brightest performing artists. Desktop Sessions will be curated by Ujima Company’s Music Director Karen Saxon and the company’s Dance Director Naila Ansari.
[VIRTUAL] UJIMA One-Act Festival
$15 for 1 • $30 for 3
See all three Plays for $30 (Save $15)
4 incredible weekends of one-act plays recorded LIVE for streaming from inside our theatre.
First-up in January is Athol Fugard’s, “Playland,” 1989, New Year’s Eve. A traveling amusement park. Two strangers meet in the dead of night in the heart of rural South Africa. With the country in the grips of the brutal
apartheid regime, Playland promises an evening of thrills and laughter that never
This is a play about guilt, self-loathing, and the elusive nature of absolution in a racially
divided world. Martinus Zoeloe, a black South African,the amusement park's night-
watchman meets Gideon La Roux, a white Afrikaner and ex-serviceman who comes
along looking for a fun night out. They find themselves face to face and their encounter
is charged with history and danger.
There are, of course, subtexts of racial prejudice, as one would expect from Fugard,
but the true underlying concern, in this masterfully written production, is about how we
come to terms with the ghosts (and sins) of our pasts.
In March we present the literal and allegorical biographical play, “BIOP-see” written by one time Buffalo resident,tatiana de la tierra about one woman’s solo journey through her diagnosis of lupus.
June brings “Big Butt Girls and other fantasies/The Remix”, written by Marsha Estell,a critically acclaimed, multiple character, one woman play about a young woman who longs for her childhood on the South side Chicago when all she cared about was James Brown music, dancing with her father and developing into a “”Brick House.”
The title for our last show of the season in August is still TBA.
Water in the Desert
In collaboration with Just Buffalo and CEPA Gallery, Ujima presents a captivating co-created piece that explores what hope looks like, past and present.
Water in the Desert explores what those who came before us spoke of when they needed to instill hope to their generation and how that vibration has carried into the young people of today who teach us about all the hope still to come. Join us for this 2-part series that serves as a testament of the resiliency of the human spirit.
PLEASE NOTE: * Rigorous safety protocols, procedures and precautions will be enforced for all live production.*