Urban Bush Women

Urban Bush Women's Hair & Other Stories, photo by Hayim Heron

Hair and Other Stories
Friday, February 9, 2018 at 8pm

Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union


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  • $27-$32 |  NC State students $6.75

Pre-show TALK & After-show PARTY

Want to know more about what inspires Urban Bush Women and how that inspiration gets translated into dance? Arrive early for a pre-show talk with members of the company. Talk begins at 7pm in Talley Student Union, Room 3222.

Please join us in the theatre lobby after the performance for dancing, refreshments, an opportunity to share your own hair story with Wolf Tales, and explore a pop-up gallery featuring the #PoliticsOfBlackHair exhibit curated by the The NC State Women’s Center.

About the Performance

“. . . the Urban Bush Women are committed, triple-threat performers who dance, sing and act with a sometimes searing sense of truthfulness.” – The New York Times

Since Urban Bush Women (UBW) burst onto the dance scene in 1984, the company has made an indelible mark on the field (and beyond) with bold, innovative and demanding works that challenge long-held assumptions about the power of dance.

Their latest work, Hair and Other Stories, is no exception. The UBW ensemble has created a striking dance/theatre work which highlights the beauty and strength of the human spirit. Hair and Other Stories uses humor, music and their powerful movement to explore self-image, race and gender inequality – all through the lens of hair, primarily that of African-American women. Deftly combining athleticism with intellect, the dancers gracefully pull the audience into the conversation. They invite you into their living rooms, their kitchens, their salons, and you can’t help but accept!

This performance is appropriate for ages 10 and up; some adult language is used.

Connect with Urban Bush Women

In partnership with South Arts’ Dance Touring Initiative, we’re bringing Urban Bush Women to our campus for a residency in advance of their performance on February 9. Members of this acclaimed company will engage with the NC State Dance Program and African American Cultural Center, and host events with other community groups. See below for more information. Keep updated on events through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @NCStateLIVE


Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 7PM
St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall, 813 Darby St, Raleigh, NC 27610
RSVP TO EDNA 919-833-9900 or errb10@gmail.com

To launch their time in Raleigh, on February 7 leading African-American dance company, Urban Bush Women will gather with the St. Ambrose community to engage in song – spiritually and emotionally. Participants explore African-American traditions and vocalization styles. All ages and abilities welcome! Space is limited, please RSVP to Edna at 919-833-9900 or errb10@gmail.com.


THURSDAY, February 8, 2018 | 6:30-8PM
Chavis Community Center, 505 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27601

We all have hair stories to tell. Bring a friend (and meet some new ones) at this HAIR PARTY led by Urban Bush Women (UBW). Combining conversation, art-making, and guided movement explorations UBW will encourage you to be your most extraordinary self! Using hair as the organizing principle – how hair color, length, and varying degrees of curl affect our definitions of ‘good hair’ and ‘bad hair’ both within and outside of the African American community – we’ll re-examine closely-held beliefs about society, class, race, gender, age and individual beauty. Please bring your old magazines for collage making! Hosted by NC State LIVE and the African American Cultural Center. Open to all members of the community.

Class for NC State Students: Dance for Every BODY

THURSDAY, February 8, 2018 | 7:30-9PM
NC State Dance Studio, Carmichael Gymnasium 2307

Open to all NC State students, join members of Urban Bush Women for this movement jam/dance class that embraces the ideas that everyone has a unique and powerful contribution to make, and that our bodies are a powerful and capable. The goal is for “every body” to find their level of challenge and comfort and partake according to their abilities, and to appreciate the groups’ diversity as an attribute to their community. Participants explore UBW’s technique with close attention to the use of breath, weight, call and response and polyrhythm.This is a movement class designed for the community, so no prior dance experience is needed. Offered in partnership with the NC State Dance Program.



The presentation of Urban Bush Women was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.


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