Home in a changing world: An interview with Sarah Bush and Sue Li Jue
By Sydney Rodosevich | Staff | December 24, 2017
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What is home in a country wrecked by natural disasters, political turmoil and personal uncertainty? Is it a place, things or people? These are the questions Sarah Bush is toying with.
For its 10th anniversary, the Sarah Bush Dance Project is putting on a piece called “Homeward” focusing on intergenerational relationships and how we define home. The Daily Californian sat down with choreographer and artistic director Bush and dancer and UC Berkeley faculty member Sue Li Jue to discover their own relationships and what home means to them.
“I liked the title of ‘Homeward’ in that it’s a direction, so it implies it’s not something that’s fixed,” said Bush. “We’re always maybe in theory longing to move homeward, towards home, whether that’s a home in ourselves, feeling at home in our identities and our bodies … feeling at home in a family, feeling at home in a city or a place or a country or a culture.”
As Li Jue is retiring from her 30-year tenure at Berkeley and Bush reflects on her company’s 10th year, the passage of time in relation to the piece is on both of their minds.
“The piece is really heavily about how people are with each other,” Li Jue said. “Those relationships are what really count in the world.”