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Sarah Bush Dance Project Year-In-Review
Thanks to YOU, all of THIS was possible:
- Dancers in Residence at Berkeley Art Center.
- Rose Huey served as Assistant Director.
- Worked with Skip The Needle to create an original score, with Krystal Harfert for costumes, Patty-Ann Farrell for lighting design and Katarzyna Krzykawska-Apolinarski for sculptural design for Spirit & Bones.
- Danced with an incredible cast: 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.
And we did a few other things along the way…
- Sarah’s new solo “Pandora’s Box” at Grace Cathedral for San Francisco Movement Arts Festival
- SBDP performed excerpts from Spirit & Bones in RAWdance showcase Concept 23, at the Green Room in the SF War Memorial building.
- Sarah’s site-specific solo piece (well, a duet with a very impressive tree) in “Bulb Fest” at Albany Bulb outdoor community art space.
- SBDP danced with Skip the Needle on the Women’s Stage of the SF Pride Parade and Celebration.
- Sarah started serving on the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee.
- Attended East Bay Dance Summit.
- Performed a taiko drumming piece with Dance Brigade for a press conference on anti-displacement in the Mission.
- Rose & Sarah reached out to schools, organizations, and other programs to offer deeply discounted group tickets to Spirit & Bones.
- Sarah shared her experiences and gave suggestions about forming intergenerational dance opportunities in other parts of the country.
- Sarah participated in Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor as choreographer and part of the creative team with Shelley Doty’s new play We 3.
- Choreography Consultant at Z Space for Weightless a rock opera by The Kilbanes, directed by Becca Wolff.
Movement Consultant + Teaching
- Choreographed, coached and stage managed for music artist Venetia.
- Worked as Creative Consultant with Adrian West Band.
- Movement Coach for Quince Restaurant.
- Featured performance workshop at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center.
- Taught private lessons and group classes at: New Style Motherlode, Berkeley/Oakland YWCA, City Dance, Contra Costa School of Performing Arts, and Mona Khan Company.
Repertory – Homeward + Rocked By Women
- Joan Lazarus, Sue Li Jue (with Jane Schnorrenberg and Sarah) performed a restaging of “At the Table” from SBDP’s 2017 Homeward at RoCo Dance in Fairfax.
- Berkeley Art Center film screening of SBDP’s Rocked By Women before each of the 3-part lecture series, “Women In Rock.”
Residency + Travel
- Led a movement workshop at Derrida Dance in Sofia, Bulgaria.
- Weekend Spirit & Bones reading and writing retreat in the Sierras.
- SBDP open rehearsal for Bay Area Dance Week, part of our Residency at Berkeley Art Center.
- Berkeley Art Center “Arts In Action: Represent“— SBDP and “Wonder Women” exhibit artists usher attendees through the exhibit and creative process via interpretive performances and interactive activities.
- Berkeley Art Center “Arts In Action: Queer Tech” — SBDP’s Sarah and Nina along with the “Queer Technology” exhibit artists.
Spirit & Bones
- Spirit & Bones dancer audition at ODC in San Francisco.
- Photo shoot with photographer Amal Bisharat.
- Worked with filmmaker Elie Khadra to produce a teaser video.
- Worked with Joan Lazarus on graphic design for posters, flyers, program books and for the first time, full-page ads for placement in programs of other prominent theater and dance productions.
- Gathered bones at Harding Ranch in CO. Many folks helped with cleaning and varnishing too!
- Sarah and other cast members enjoyed in-depth press interviews with Jean Schiffman of NY Times/SF Arts Monthly, Wanda Sabir of Wanda’s Picks, Emmaly Wiederholt of Stance on Dance, and in-studio speaking with David Latulippe for KALW’s Open Air.
- World Premiere of Spirit & Bones – Taube Atrium Theater in the Wilsey Center for Opera, San Francisco. (See more photos here.)
- Participated in the international creativity program The Iteration Project. Here’s a short video.
- Sarah had the opportunity to meet with and shadow Erika Chong Shuch in rehearsal for Cal Shakes War of the Roses.
- SBDP hosted our first annual donor appreciation event “Ovation” — a chance to bring donors and artists together to celebrate the year, and hear from Sarah about creative process and future plans for the company.
Sarah is already working on next year’s projects — meeting with LGBTQ activists and artists for a September Oakland premiere and also with theatrical collaborators in the beginning phases of researching and developing another longer-term project. (More on these later. Stay tuned!)
- We applied for LOTS of grants.
- We read Women Who Run with the Wolves.
- We created new movement vocabularies and created many dance phrases and relationships.
- We shaped meaning out of movement. We told stories. We laughed and cried together. We worked together with our different strengths and weaknesses to build something greater than ourselves.
Thank YOU for being a part of SBDP’s 2018.
We hope you’ll continue to deepen your relationship with the company and support our work. We remain committed to making meaningful experiences that energize you to keep doing all the important work YOU do.
With love, gratitude, and best wishes,
Sarah & the SBDP Team
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