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Urban Bush Women: Hair & Other Stories

April 26 @ 7:30 pm


Urban Bush Women’s uniquely bold and boundary-pushing storytelling weaves contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of African Americans and the African Diaspora. This radical re-imagining of an earlier work (Hair Stories, 2001) features the choreography of Samantha Speis and Chanon Judson in collaboration with the company, new music composition by The Illustrious Blacks (Manchildblack and Monstah Black), with stage direction by Ruelle Myrick-Hodges.

Crafted from personal narratives from our communities, kitchens and living rooms, social media, and YouTube, Hair & Other Stories is an opportunity for the entire family to see a dance work that debates the center of perceived American “values” and celebrates the persevering narrative of the African Diaspora.

Hair & Other Stories will leave you wondrously and often humorously disquieted regarding the nature of our current society. There performance explores perceptions of body image, race, gender identity, economic inequities and what constitutes freedom, liberation, and release in our everyday struggles to rise to our Extra-ordinary Selves in extraordinary times.

With costume design by DeeDee Gomes, projection design by Nick Hussong, and lighting design by Xavier Pierce, Urban Bush Women’s Hair & Other Stories invites its audience to delve into the complexities of individual identity versus collective society with humor and honesty.

This is the urgent dialogue of the 21st Century.

Click here to view a behind-the-scenes video on the development of Hair & Other Stories



The presentation of Hair and other stories by 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. Additional support was provided through a grant from South Arts in partnership with the national Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Urban Bush Women – RiverCenter Residency

The members of Urban Bush Women will be in residence from April 24-26, bringing programs to groups in the Columbus community. Their schedule includes: Richards Middle School, Girls, Inc., the Mildred Terry Library, Columbus State University’s Dance Department, Columbus Ballet, Passion Works Dance Company, as well as their performance on April 26, 7:30.



April 26
7:30 pm
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