Uchenna Dance brings three fierce, clever and witty female characters to Manchester’s Contact as they take us through stories of community, heritage, womanhood, friendship, and most importantly … hair.
The Head Wrap Diaries, presented by Uchenna Dance, is an interactive show set in a hair salon. Mixing dance, theatre and storytelling with a good dose of humour, the performance venue is transformed into a hair salon, with wig stands and chairs set around a performing space. Audience members are welcomed by stylists Linda and Riyah who will take you on a hair journey that will have you laughing out loud, thinking about your own (and everyone else’s!) hair while you learn a thing or two about afro-hair, straight from the hairdresser’s chair.
The Head Wrap Diaries also features a musical score by Ghanaian musician Kewku Aacht. The soundtrack is filled with sounds of Afro house, folk and electronic dance music as well as jazz and Ghana gospel.
Speaking of the show, Vicki Igbokwe, Creative Director, Choreographer and Founder of Uchenna Dance commented, “Touring The Head Wrap Diaries has been absolutely fabulous! We have been to a real mix of venues, from theatres to village halls, with truly diverse audiences and the response has been great, this show is a hit! The feedback and experience of sharing The Head Wrap Diaries alongside our wrap around (excuse the pun!) activities has really empowered me. I plan to keep touring the show for a few more years both nationally and internationally, and ultimately to develop the show into a musical. I’m really looking forward to bringing the show to Contact; it’s a venue I’ve wanted to work with for a while now.”
The show, which uses Vicki Igbokwe’s signatory blend of club styles House, Waacking and Vogue fused with African and Contemporary dance, has been criss-crossing the country since 6 October and now come to Manchester. After the show at Contact Manchester there will be a Head Wrap Bar – an interactive, informal discussion including an opportunity to meet the company and learn different ways of tying head wraps.
Uchenna Dance present The Head Wrap Diaries at Manchester’s Contact on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 November 2017 at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £10/£6.