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

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.

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. Celebrated Artistic Director and choreographer, Jawole Willa Jo Zoller, together with the inimitable UBW ensemble collaborate on a striking dance/theatre work which highlights the beauty and strength of the human spirit. Drawing on UBW’s visceral and thoughtful approach to co-creation, 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!

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 create events with other community groups to be announced. Keep updated on events through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @NCStateLIVE

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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