2021 Past Events
Friday, February 5, 2021
Free online special event!! Hosted by Olivia Travel
At Home with Olivia Featuring Sarah Bush
“wildcat – place. belonging. play.” Video and audio score by Miles Lassi of our sixfootwingspan outing to Wildcat Canyon (unceded Ohlone territory) with Sue Li Jue, KJ Dahlaw, Frances Sedayao, and Sarah Bush.
Mondays in March 2021
Dancing In Place zoom workshop led by Sarah Bush and hosted by Mona Khan Company.
MARCH 31st 2021 – KATIE CASH MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE
Singer-songwriter Katie Cash has teamed up with dance and movement artist Sarah Bush to create a captivating new music video for the single “Year Gone By”.
2020 Past Events
The pilot episode of NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist aired! You can see Sarah and many other familiar dancers in the big group “Help” number. (Choreographed by Mandy Moore and assistant Jillian Meyers)
January 13th & January 16th
Sarah taught for Axis Dance Company’s Winter Blitz series.
January 24th – February 9th
Sarah performed in Dance Brigade’s evening-length work Butterfly Effect at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco. Created and directed by Krissy Keefer. Sarah was in the cast of 14 dancers and musicians performing in three distinct immersive worlds of dance, percussion, light, video, poetry, and social commentary.
Audubon California Announces New Dance Residency with Sarah Bush Dance Project 2020 Artist in Residence at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary (RBACS).
Sarah participated in a performance workshop with Merián Soto through Margaret Jenkins Dance Company’s Encounters Over 60
AND THEN IT ALL CHANGED…
Sarah Bush and Miles Lassi collaborated on a video “movement+sound_ Green Hills”
March 15th – CANCELED due to COVID-19
A live performance of Un-Changing Nature excerpts and participatory This Land workshop along with other activities at the Palo Alto Art Center’s Arbor Day Festival.
March 23rd – POSTPONED due to COVID-19
Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (The Izzies) ceremony at Brava Theater in San Francisco to recognize the 2018-2019 awardees and nominees. SBDP has been nominated in two categories: Outstanding Achievement in Performance – Company and Outstanding Achievement in Music/Sound/Text.
March – June 2020
Sarah live-streaming classes every Wednesday: Cardio Hip Hop, Hip Hop Choreography, and Intermediate Contemporary.
Six Foot Wingspan
Now we’re ALL Artists-in-Residence! 😊During this time of staying at home, we’d like you to join us in our distance art making project. Each week here and on social media we’ll share prompts and process and invite you to join us in this bird-inspired adventure and our 13th season. And the community responded in many artistic mediums!
Sarah was commissioned by Erika Chong Shuch, Rowena Richie, Ryan Tacata for their For You performance project.
April 29th & May 6th
FREE online dance classes as part of Bay Area Dance Week!
We shot our first spatial disDANCING mini film with videographer and composer, Miles Lassi! Watch “Contact Call”.
Ongoing through 2020
Live-stream bird sits with Molly Tsongas on Audubon California’s Instagram account!
May 13th – SBDP dancer, KL Dahlaw joined Molly Tsongas of Audubon California
June 15th – SBDP dancer, Risa Ofelia Diaz joined Molly Tsongas
June 22nd – SBDP dancer, courtney hope, joined Molly Tsongas
September 10th – Sarah Bush joined Molly Tsongas
October 9th – SBDP dancer,Frances Sedayao joined Molly Tsongas
November 20th – SBDP dancer,Julianna Cressman joined Molly Tsongas
December 4th – Sarah Bush joined Molly Tsongas of Audubon California
You can view previous bird sits on Audubon CA’s IGTV channel.
Sarah participated in “Bird Language” workshop through Weaving Earth.
June 27th 2020
Pride party with SBDP and Audubon California, Let’s Go-Go Birding Together (LGBT)
Sarah participating in discussion, education, reflection action groups and workshops:
Dance Artists National Collective, Choreographers + Coffee, Anti-Racism & Examining White Privilege, SURJ, and The Bridge Project
with Books: My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown.
July – CANCELED due to COVID-19
National Women’s Music Festival in Wisconsin has been canceled, but SBDP will be there in 2021.
Sarah is grateful for weekly online classes with The Institute for Dunham Technique Certification, Corey Action, and Joan Lazarus.
Sarah performed excerpts of Hemorrhage: an Ablution of HOPE with Dance Brigade.
Alejandra Cadena-Perez’s 2019 film Her Mother’s Daughter starring Priscilla Regalado and Stephanie Bastos (choreography and casting assistance by Sarah Bush) was screened and awarded at several short film festivals!
October 11th 2020
Movement Murmuration workshop in-person.
Movement Murmuration is a site-responsive experience with stations of improvisation led by dancers from the SixFootWingspan project. Participants will be placed in small groups for socially distant, guided movement exploration in relationship to the outdoor landscape, one another, and the birds.
Sarah, Richelle Donigan & Sue Li Jue danced in a forthcoming project for media artist, John Sanborn.
Filmmaker Lindsay Gauthier, Sound Designer Miles Lassi, and dancers KJ Dahlaw & Sarah Bush met with Olivia Raine at Audubon’s Bobcat Ranch for a day of learning about fire management, sustainable ranching, preservation of grassland bird species, and filming on the property. Video Effects Artist Olivia Ting and Miles created powerful video sketches from that day. Watch 5 “Fire. Wood. Space. Air. Earth.”
December 5th 2020
NightinGALA – A festive “night-in” watch party!
Curious about our year with birds? COVID dance pivots? Artistic reveals? Bird sit meditations? Making dance for film? Zoom in for an intimate look into this year’s unique creations and creative process. Plus, a sneak peek into what’s in the works!
December 6th 2020
SAFEhouse Winter Digital Showcase included SBDP’s “Contact Call”
Friday, December 18th
SBDP participated in Joe Goode Annex’s Virtual Open House 4.0
Featured Evening-Length Works
October 25-27, 2019
The Flight Deck theater in Oakland, CA
Spirit & Bones
October 26-28, 2018
Taube Atrium Theater in the Wilsey Center for Opera, San Francisco
Sarah Bush Dance Project’s World Premiere of Spirit & Bones, with an intergenerational cast of 15 dancers ranging in age from 23 to over 70 and live music and original score by Skip the Needle. Featuring Bay Area dance luminaries, Spirit & Bones is an evening-length production highlighting female resilience in times of darkness, the tenacity of the solo woman, and the ferocious love and strength generated by community.
December 9, 10, 16 & 17 – 2017
Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley
To celebrate our 10th anniversary, SBDP presented Homeward. New work exploring the ideal of home – safe, solid, reliable, personal — and then, just like that, it can be gone. You have time to grab one suitcase – what do you put inside?
This Land Oakland: Bringing the Outside In
May 22, 2016
Odell Johnson Theater, Laney College, Oakland
A celebration of outdoor Oakland. Five multi-media dance pieces inspired by Oakland landscapes.
SBDP presented a full-length theater showing of This Land Oakland at Laney Theater.
All the previously performed outdoor pieces, along with two solos were collected for an indoor theater performance: Recompose, Reshape, Recreate, Reach, Recall.
Map tiles by Stamen Design, under CC BY 3.0. Data by OpenStreetMap, under CC BY SA.
Rocked By Women
A Mother’s Day tradition
May 9-10, 2015
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Oakland
Rocked By Women
Premiere of the re-conceived show!
May 9-11, 2014
Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco
Music soothes us, shakes us, astounds us and breaks our hearts. In this evening length work, the fierce Sarah Bush Dance Project rocks through the life of a woman rocked by women. From baby steps to coming out, and first crush to lost love, music by women from the past four decades binds the story of many to one and one to many – transforming everyday memories to the history we all share.
With its eclectic score of unforgettable voices, this kinetic, hybrid work pays tribute to the women who rock us.
Sarah Bush Dance Project presents:
Rocked By Women
June 16, 2011
African American Art & Culture Complex, San Francisco
All our lives we’ve been rocked by women.
Cradled. Shaken. Moved.
In a multi-media dance performance, choreographer Sarah Bush takes you on a powerful journey paying homage to the fearless women musicians who have shaped generations. From Cris Williamson to Joan Armatrading to P!nk, Sarah Bush Dance Project tells a story of gratitude, love, and sustaining empowerment though art.
Sarah Bush Dance Project presents:
(In The Wake Of) HOME
December 14-15, 2007
Shotwell Studios, San Francisco
HOME covers territory from the physical space of a “residency” at Shotwell Studios to the internal space of “feeling at home” in one’s self, in relationships, in space and time, and in the world. Sarah Bush Dance Project innovates traditional modern dance choreography with hip hop dance. In HOME, a musical score ranging from folk to electronic and visual images seamlessly intertwine to illustrate and parallel the variety and differences in human experiences and emotion around the places and states we call HOME.
Freeplay Dance Crew & Sarah Bush Dance Project Presents:
Original Production: L1FE: mine. yours. ours.
March 16-18, 2007
Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco
L1FE captures the essence of unity and diversity by fusing choreography and music ranging from hip-hop and modern to classical jazz, and incorporating video into the live performance experience. L1FE communicates the very intimate yet universally shared emotions that define our human experience—love, loss, the deep and complex stages of grief, and ultimately resolution and hope. The unifying vision of this piece is evident as well in the diversity of choreographers and dancers who come together to create it. L1FE is primarily a collaboration between FDC and the Sarah Bush Dance Project, two companies with very distinct backgrounds that share a common dance community, common struggles, and common goals of touching humanity through art.