WCU Presents Series resumes with Urban Bush Women dancers

Urban Bush Women (photography by Hayim Heron)

The WCU Presents Performance Series will resume Tuesday, Feb. 6, when “Urban Bush Women: Hair & Other Stories” comes to Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The show, which features dance, music and text with the history, culture and spiritual traditions of African-Americans and the African diaspora, begins at 7:30 p.m.

Urban Bush Women, based in New York City, began in 1984. The dance group explores the transformation of struggle and suffering into the bittersweet joy of survival. They address such matters at race, gender, identity and economic inequality through the lens of hair, primarily that of African-American women.

Urban Bush Women encourages cultural activity as an inherent part of community life by offering workshops, lecture demonstrations and long-term residencies that bring the histories of their communities forward through their performance.

During their visit to Cullowhee, Urban Bush Women also will work in collaboration with WCU’s Intercultural Affairs department to present an interactive dance and leadership program that will be held in the A.K. Hinds University Center theater on Monday, Feb. 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Tickets for the performance at the Bardo Arts Center are $25 for the general public, $20 for WCU and Southwestern Community College faculty and staff, and $5 for WCU/SCC students. For more information, visit arts.wcu.edu/ubw or call the ticket office at 828-227-2479.