Hair Party performance

Hair Party by Nicholas Hussong

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Urban Bush Women: Hair Party (Getting it Done!)

Wednesday, August 28, 1:00–2:00 pm

About the Program

Don’t miss this informal gathering where renowned dance company Urban Bush Women will perform excerpts of their dance-theater work Hair & Other Stories to ignite dialogue and critical thinking in the room. Organized around the deceptively simple topic of hair—how hair color, length, and varying degrees of curl affect our definitions of “good hair” and “bad hair,” both within and outside of the African American community—Hair Party encourages participants to re-examine closely held beliefs about themselves, society, race, gender, and individual beauty. Political, fun, and sometimes raucous, Urban Bush Women’s Hair Party combines conversation, improvisation, and performance.

After the gathering, enjoy FREE admission to the exhibition Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite.

Urban Bush Women’s Hair Party at the Skirball is co-presented with the Ford Theatres. Everyone is encouraged to purchase tickets to the full-length performance of Hair & Other Stories, taking place at the Ford on Friday, August 30. Learn more…