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#SpeakingInDance | “We’re thinking about what it means to be restricted, to feel held down,” said Samantha Speis, an associate artistic director, along with Chanon Judson, of @ubwdance. “There’s this image of a box and pushing up against the edges, expanding it and reaching beyond it.” Part of “Hair & Other Stories,” performed at @bricbrooklyn beginning Jan. 31, Samantha and Chanon's new work is a reimagining of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s “HairStories” (2001) and features music by @theillustriousblacks. In the piece, the topic of hair is used to explore beauty, identity and race. “The spirit and the impetus are still from Jawole’s genius,” Chanon said of the company's founding artistic director, “but this is a whole new situation.” As Samantha told the #nytimes writer @giadk: The approach is “to be bold and transparent about the things that are happening in our society. Not to shy away, but to claim that.” @sbrackbill made this video for our weekly series exploring the world of #dance.
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