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!