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Urban Bush Women

Flynn Center presents

Urban Bush Women Hair and Other Stories

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  • Friday, March 9, 2018, 8:00 PM


“Urban Bush Women have interpreted the black experience with passion and focus for thirty years.” —Village Voice

Hair and Other Stories uses the visceral and intellectual power of UBW’s unblinking approach to elicit conversations between and among the performers and audience in this new dance/theater piece. Self-image, race, and gender inequality are studied through the lens of hair, specifically that of African-American women, while choreography, personal narrative, and theater entwine in dance showcases that range from experimental to sublime. Founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, UBW weaves contemporary dance into traditions of the African Diaspora.

Post-show Q & A: Middlebury College Dance Professor Christal Brown moderates a discussion with Urban Bush Women after the show. Brown is a former member of UBW who performed with the group for three seasons.

Pre-show Event: DJ Craig Mitchell will be spinning records in the Amy E. Tarrant before the performance of Urban Bush Women: Hair & Other Stories. Come early, have a drink, and hear some tunes!

Presented in association with the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity, and Multicultural Affairs through the UVM President’s Initiative for Diversity.

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Hospitality support from Holiday Inn Burlington.

Programming is supported by endowments initiated through challenge grants from the Ford, Argosy, and Doris Duke Charitable foundations and matched by generous support from the community. Funded in part by the Flynn's Fund for Dance, started with a lead gift from Andrea Rogers. Funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit Supported in part by the Surdna Foundation. Presented in association with the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs through the UVM President's Initiative for Diversity. Residency funded in part by Bari and Peter Dreissigacker.

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