Hair Dances at the Skirball (SIRAN): Founded 35 years ago by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women is a Brooklyn-based, African-American performance troupe that incorporates dance, music and storytelling. One of ensemble’s current works, Hair & Other Stories (adapted from the 2001’s Hair Stories), is inspired by the performers’ personal stories that use hair as a talking point and how it relates to race, body image and class among not only African-American women, but all women of color.
With new music and choreography by Chanon Judson and Samantha Spies, UBW debuts excerpts at Urban Bush Women: Hair Party (Getting It Done!) at the Skirball (in conjunction with the museum’s latest exhibit, Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite), prior to their full-length performance at the Ford Amphitheater on August 30.
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.; Wed., Aug. 28, 1-2 p.m.; free w/ RSVP. (310) 440-4500, skirball.org.