Pre-show talk with Urban Bush Women, 7pm in Talley Room 3222
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.
In partnership with South Arts’ Dance Touring Initiative, Urban Bush Women will be in residence with NC State LIVE for a week leading up to their performance on February 9. Members of the company will engage with the NC State Dance Program and African American Cultural Center, and create events with other community groups to be announced.