February 21, 1pm
Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Witness dance inspired by the urban wild and deepen your relationship with this park at the heart of the city.
Featuring gina Breedlove.
Abandon your routine.
Bundle up for a new adventure.
Let’s find our wild!
Join us Sunday, 1pm for the kickoff to our This Land Oakland series!
“Recreate” a 20-minute site-specific piece choreographed by Sarah Bush. Performed by Audrey Borst, Rose Huey, Jeanette Jing, Nina Wu, and Sarah Bush. With guest vocalist, gina Breedlove.
“In Goddess culture gina Breedlove is a vocal priestess, leaving her privileged audience the recipients of her pure Spirit and deep vocal well”- holly near.
Read gina’s bio here. Read about the dancers here.
Note from Sarah:
It is aligned with the mission of my company to highlight women’s strength. When the dancers and I were rehearsing at Lake Merritt this week we realized a young girl, who had been watching us, was starting to climb and jump and use her strength to support her body on the different rails and ledges at the park. “That is it!” I said. “That is why we do this! Girls and women need to see women being powerful in their bodies and bold in their spirit!” We all cheered her on.
Make a day of it!
Enjoy brunch before the performance at one of the many restaurants near Lake Merritt. After the show, take a stroll around The Lake and watch the variety of water birds: ducks, geese, coots, cormorants, pelicans, herons, etc. Or check out the nearby Oakland Museum of California. It’s 2 blocks from the Amphitheater and has really cool exhibits.
Lake Merritt Amphitheater is located on Lake Merritt Blvd between 12th Street and 1st Ave. in Oakland. Nearest BART station is Lake Merritt, though 12th Street Station is also close. AC Transit buses #18 & #26 run nearby. Check google maps for directions specific to you!
From SBDP dancer, Jeanette Jing:
“What makes this project unique is that the environment is just as integral to the work as is the choreography. We plan to take this performance away from the traditional proscenium stage, and to mesh the dance directly to different landscapes found in our hometown of Oakland, CA.
The first performance will be outside, along the shoreline of Lake Merritt. Aspects of the landscape around the lake serve as inspiration for the movement, as well as literal props for the dancers. The pathways, the concrete, the water and the birds, the sounds of footsteps and whispers of conversation, all steep into our performance. Instead of seeing the Lake Merritt Amphitheater as a lunch hangout spot, it will be transformed through our performance.
I find this project acts as a personal commentary on the state of our world and our shared communal spaces, and challenges our audience to see their world differently through the context of dance. Everywhere becomes our stage.”
This Land blog posts:
- Critic’s Choice – Dance Europe Magazine 2016
- Photos: “Reach” at SPF9 – ODC Theater
- Interview on Open Air show – KALW Radio 2016 – “Reach” and SPF9
- Photos from This Land show at Laney Theater
- SF Chronicle – “Dance production to take a journey through Oakland”
Watch This Land videos.
This project is supported by the Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program.
Special thanks to Oakland Parks and Rec, East Bay Regional Park District, The City of Oakland, Clorox Company Foundation, Blum Family Foundation, and many individual donors.