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Our 2018 premiere was Spirit & Bones, an evening-length intergenerational and multimedia performance using dance, visual design, and live original music to highlight female resilience in times of darkness. Inspired by Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ book Women Who Run with the Wolves and national debates around women’s validity and rights, this evening-length production highlighted female resilience in times of darkness, the tenacity of the individual woman, and the ferocious love and strength generated by community. This was SBDP’s fourth and most ambitious show yet.
Performed by Anne Bluethenthal, Richelle Donigan, Laura Elaine Ellis, Joanna Haigood, Dominique Hargrove, Courtney Hope, Rebecca Johnson, Courtney King, Joan Lazarus, Sue Li Jue, Elvia Marta, Priscilla Regalado, Jane Schnorrenberg, Frances Sedayao and Nina Wu; with original score by Skip the Needle.
danced with controlled abandon”
— KQED Arts
— SF Chronicle
“Against these spectacular, constantly shifting backdrops, infiltrated by ambient sounds and intentional music, the drama of Bush’s highly charged movement is meant to renew our sense of self, our sense of place and community.”
— The Huffington Post