“Sarah’s choreography is very physical and demands a lot from our bodies. I’ve never really been asked to lift other people as a woman. To be empowered to know I can is really great.”
– Nina Wu, SBDP dancer
Sarah Bush Dance Project (SBDP) formed in 2007 to promote innovative artistry, community interaction, and feminist ideals through the creation and presentation of multimedia dance, as interpreted by the artistic work and vision of Sarah Bush. In 2014, under the mentorship of Victor Gotesman (Executive Director, ODC) Bush formed an Advisory Council to provide a support structure for her creative work.
Evening length works include: L1FE: mine. yours. ours. (co-produced with hip-hop company Freeplay Dance Crew, Dance Mission Theater 2007), (In The Wake Of) HOME (Shotwell Studios 2008), and Rocked By Women (premiered at the African American Art & Culture Complex in 2011, Panel & Performance excerpts presented at ODC Studio B in 2013, redeveloped with Director Becca Wolff for Dance Mission Theater in 2014, restaged for Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in 2015). New show, This Land will premiere in Oakland in 2016.
Early press deemed Bush “A force to be reckoned with” (SF Chronicle) and “A modern dance bellwether” (SF Weekly) and later gave critical acclaim for Rocked By Women:
“Rocked is a weighty yet explosive expression of the power of an indomitable spirit and embracing courage… a warm, skillfully created, and generous show that just might become a Mother’s Day tradition.” (San Francisco Bay Guardian)
“A monumental work, which would reverberate just as powerfully in an opera house as it did in the intimate Dance Mission Theater.” (Huffington Post)
SBDP productions have received funding from the Queer Cultural Center; the City of Oakland; and the Zellerbach, Blum, and Bernstein family foundations. Bush’s work has been presented at the National Queer Arts Festival, Women On The Way, West Wave, PUSH Fest, Dance In Revolting Times (D.I.R.T.), Global Women’s Rights Forum, and is invited to National Women’s Music Festival and Summer Performance Festival (SPF)9.
SBDP is currently pursuing opportunities to present work on more national stages and developing their new project This Land for a 2016 premiere in Oakland.
CORE VALUES: Feminism, Diversity, Excellence, Authenticity, Accessibility, Empowerment, Versatility, Innovation
This project is supported by the Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program.