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Fort Greene-based dance troupe Urban Bush Women presents a 74-person strong show, "Place Matters: A Look at Displacement," at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus on July 29.

The program, directed by UBW founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, will include spoken word, music and dance performed by UBW (including Maria Bauman, pictured) as well as the faculty and participants from their annual "Summer Institute."

This year, the Institute focused on the theme of "gentrifica­tion," according to the troupe’s managing director, Amy Cassello. The artist-activists were encouraged to explore ideas about who is displaced in events such as Hurricane Katrina, the genocide in Darfur and the Iraq War.

UBW’s "Summer Institute" aims to connect concert professionals and community-based artists in a learning experience to maximize the possibilities of the arts as a vehicle for social activism and civic engagement. The "Place Matters" participants hail from 17 states, the United Kingdom and Canada and range in age from 17 to 55.

The Urban Bush Women present "Place Matters" at Long Island University’s Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts (Flatbush Avenue Extension at DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn) on July 29 at 4 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $2 for children and students. For tickets, call (718) 488-1624. For more information, visit the Web site

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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