Urban Bush Women
Hair and Other STories
February 28, March 1 and 2, 2019
at 7:30 p.m.
$30 / $24 /$10
Regular / Seniors / Students
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“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).
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.