Telling ‘Hair and Other Stories’ in Brooklyn

A troupe of artists from the Urban Bush Women will examine beauty, race, and identity through the lens of hair at “Hair and Other Stories,” opening at BRIC Arts Media on Jan. 31. (Photo by Hayim Heron via Brooklyn Paper)

“Hair and Other Stories,” an interactive dance and theatrical work that premieres Jan. 31 at BRIC House, will explore standards of hair and beauty through the context of racism and classism, choreographer Samantha Spies tells Brooklyn Paper‘s Julianne McShane.

Spies, and other members of the Urban Bush Women, were inspired by “Hair Stories,” a 2001 production by the group that focused on black women’s hair. The new production features the manes of people of all genders and backgrounds, but — like the 2001 show — will weave together personal stories, movement, and multimedia elements, Spies said.

The show will start with local artists and hairdressers sharing their own hair-focused stories and leading conversations with audience members, according to Spies. The hour-long pre-show elements are meant to mimic the intimate conversations that happen in black homes and hair parlors, she said.

Spires elaborates on the audience participation element of the show, along with the broader dialogues that can come of a discussion that starts with beauty. Read more on “Hair and Other Stories” at Brooklyn Paper.

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