Urban Bush Women
Hair & Other Stories
Bay Area Premiere
The formidable Brooklyn-based performance ensemble Urban Bush Women visits with Hair & Other Stories, an evening-length dance-theater work exploring race, identity, and concepts of beauty through the lens of Black women’s hair. Inspired by founder and 2021 MacArthur Fellow Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s HairStories (2001), the participatory performance is a work of activism, awakening, and engagement, asking its audience to move, to comment, to reflect, and to bear witness. Choreographed and directed by co-artistic directors Chanon Judson and Mame Diarra Speis, Hair & Other Stories was developed from personal narratives culled from participants in “Hair Party” sessions the company held with women across the country, as well as through the company’s ongoing collaboration with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond’s “Undoing Racism” workshops. “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).
This event is part of Cal Performances’ Illuminations: “Individual & Community” programming for the 2023–24 season.
Beyond the Stage
Single tickets for 2023–24 Season events go on sale at noon as follows:
July 25: 2023–24 Season Subscribers and Donors of $100+
Aug 1: Email Club and UCB Community
Aug 8: General Public