Urban Bush Women to perform at Eisenhower

PHOTOS PROVIDED MemberS of Urban Bush Women perform at a previous show of “Hair and Other Stories.”

STATE COLLGE — Since 1984, choreographer and artistic director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s Urban Bush Women has given expression to the vitality and boldness of African-American women. “Hair and Other Stories” is a multidisciplinary work addressing matters of race, gender identity, and economic inequality in the lives of women of color.

They will perform on March 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Eisenhower Auditorium.

The dance-theatre company has made an indelible mark with bold, innovative, demanding, and exciting works that challenge assumptions about women, people of color, body types, movement styles, society, and history. It weaves contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of African Americans and the African diaspora.

“The Urban Bush Women are committed, triple-threat performers who dance, sing, and act with a sometimes searing sense of truthfulness,” writes a critic for The New York Times.

“Hair and Other Stories,” choreographed by Chanon Judson and Samantha Speis in collaboration with other members of the company, is a “high-energy, politically adept, physically demanding metaphor for race, gender, and other intersectional issues in our country,” observes a reporter for WFPL radio in Louisville, Kentucky.

PHOTOS PROVIDED MemberS of Urban Bush Women perform at a previous show of “Hair and Other Stories.”

“Alternating between movement and dance, spoken word, projections, and audience participation allows this incredibly talented troupe to engage different dimensions of the conversation with carefully measured combinations of abstraction and direct narrative,” writes a reviewer for Oregon ArtsWatch.

“While Hair and Other Stories is provocative and pushes the audience a bit out of their comfort zones, the cast-all hugely talented as dancers, singers, and actors-treats the material very carefully and works with the audience to get them fully engaged and invested,” writes a curator at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.

After the show, artists will engage in conversation with audience members.

Tickets cost $42 for adults, $15 for University Park students and $32 for 18 and younger.

They can be purchased at https://cpa.psu.edu/events/urban-bush-women or 814-863-0255 (800-ARTS-TIX).

PHOTO PROVIDED Urban Bush Women will perform multidisciplinary work “Hair and Other Stories” on March 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Eisenhower Auditorium.