2018 Past Events
Oct 26-28, 2018
World Premiere of Spirit & Bones – Taube Atrium Theater in the Wilsey Center for Opera, San Francisco
Sept 10 – Oct 15, 2018
Featured Workshop at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center – Contemporary Technique and Repertory with Sarah Bush.
September 16, 2018
“Love the Bulb” – Sarah performed a site-specific piece at this fun event at the Albany Bulb outdoor community art space (and dog-friendly spot on the water!)
August 25, 2018
Berkeley Art Center Arts In Action: Queer Technology — SBDP’s Sarah and Nina along with exhibit artists will usher attendees through the exhibit via interpretive performances and short interactive activities.
June 29&30, 2018
SBDP performed excerpts from Spirit & Bones in the fun dance showcase Concept 23, held in the lavish Green Room in the SF War Memorial and Performing Arts Center.
June 24, 2018
SBDP with Skip the Needle on the Women’s Stage of the SF Pride Parade and Celebration
June 16, 2018
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 short interactive activities.
May 31, June 21 & July 26, 2018
Berkeley Art Center film screening of SBDP’s Rocked By Women before each of rock historian Richie Unterberger’s talks in the 3-part series Women In Rock.
Tuesdays in May, 2108
Student performance opportunity — students who attended Sarah’s class at New Style Motherlode had an opportunity to perform at a studio celebration on June 2nd.
May 4, 2018
SBDP Open Rehearsal for Bay Area Dance Week, part of our Residency at Berkeley Art Center.
Look at our fun ritual that starts off the beginning of each rehearsal – Amaze-balls! How many ways can you move 50 of these spheres? (They’re heavier than they look!)
May 6, 2018
Spirit & Bones dancer audition at ODC in San Francisco.
January 19, 2018
Sarah performed a solo in San Francisco Movement Arts Festival at Grace Cathedral
November 18, 2107
“Tapestry: Art in Action” at Berkeley Art Center
Proceeds will be donated to Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund for victims of recent wildfires.
Join us for an hour of dance and art interpretation with the artists from Thread Heads exhibit and special guest choreographer Sarah Bush. Audiences will explore the art through short, guided activities.
October 15, 2017
SBDP performs in NSM’s benefit concert for Puerto Rico hurricane relief, at Oakland Metro Opera House.
Sarah and New Style Motherlode’s Corey Action lead a 4-week LGBTQ performance workshop leading up to Oakland Pride, September 10th.
August 20, 2017
Sarah and Rose perform in the morning service at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley
July 2, 2107
SBDP performing in “SummerFeast” at Dance Brigade’s Retreat Center in Dos Rios, CA. A magical afternoon of site-specific, outdoor performances to the backdrop of the enchanting Mendocino hillside.
Sarah taught at San Ramon Valley Dance Academy’s summer training program.
June 2 & 3, 2017
Performance of Sarah’s choreographic collaboration with Linda Carr and Berkeley High Dance Production, exploring the question “What is feminine?”
May 31, June 2 & 3, 2017
Sarah Bush Dance Project performed excerpts from Rocked By Women in the San Francisco International Arts Festival at Fort Mason.
May 28, 2017
Sarah joined a panel discussion about the Trump administration’s impact on the LGBT community and the role of the artist in shining a torch on these issues. San Francisco International Arts Festival, Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, SF – free!
May 26, 2017
“From Studio To Stage” – Sarah taught a master class at Lines Dance Center in SF
April 29, 2017
Sarah’s solo performance (2pm) and taught WONDER Flashmob (noon) at Oakland Dance Festival, Jack London Square – free!
Here’s a video to learn the WONDER flash mob. Join our WONDER flash mob Facebook group to get more info on learning the dance!
March 26, 2017
Sarah performed in the morning worship service at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley
February 4-11, 2017
SBDP performed Rocked By Women on a Caribbean cruise! Olivia Travel’s “Festival at Sea”.
February 25-26, 2017
Sarah performed with Dance Brigade in Jennifer Berezan’s Song For All Beings at the Marin Center Auditorium
January 29, 2017
Sarah and dancers perform in the morning worship service at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley
January 20, 2017
Sarah performed at the Sisterhood In Song concert, on the eve of the Women’s March on Washington in DC
January 13-14, 2017
Sarah performed with Dance Brigade in their 40th Anniversary show at YBCA – Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Featured Evening-Length Works
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
All four shows were SOLD OUT
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.
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:
The premiere of 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.