Hair and Other Stories, photograph by Hayim Heron.

Hair and Other Stories, photograph by Hayim Heron.


Urban Bush Women

Hair and Other STories

Thursday- Saturday
February 28, March 1 and 2, 2019
at 7:30 p.m.



$30 / $24 /$10
Regular / Seniors / Students

“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

Chicago favorites Urban Bush Women return with a radical re-imagining of a company classic. Hair & Other Stories is a multidisciplinary evening-length work that employs dance, music, and humor to address matters of self-image, race, gender identity, and economic inequities—all through the lens of hair, primarily that of African American women. Crafted from personal narratives drawn from the kitchens, salons, and social media platforms of diverse communities, and featuring new music compositions by The Illustrious Blacks (Manchildblack and Monstah Black), “this show refuses to make a trade-off between dancing and speaking—it does it all and more” (Oregon ArtsWatch).


Additional Events

FREE Advanced/Professional Masterclass
led by artists from Urban Bush Women
Monday, February 25, 2019 | 10:30am to 11:50am

Urban Bush Women, the Bessie-Award winning dance company that celebrates beauty, culture and history through evocative performances and community engagement, uses this process to nurture the next generation of dance leaders. This Masterclass will start with a warm-up that prepares participants for full-out dancing with close attention to the use of breath, weight, embodied call and response, and polyrhythm. The second half of the class focuses on their movement practice and may include improvisation phrases from repertory and/or vocal work. Urban Bush Women embrace the idea that each individual has a unique and powerful contribution to make. The goal is for "every body" to find their level of rigor and comfort.

Space is Limited and you must sign up in advance to secure your place.



The Dance Center presentation of Urban Bush Women is funded, in part, by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the School of Fine and Performing Arts Dean’s Office.  

Urban Bush Women’s performances are part of the School of Fine and Performing Arts’ new annual presenting series Collective Impact, which explores community engagement and social justice in art making.