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Sarah Bush Dance Project (SBDP) formed under the artistic vision of Sarah Bush in 2007 to promote innovative artistry, community interaction, and feminist ideals through the creation and presentation of multimedia dance. SBDP creates dance that reminds audiences of the power and compassion in ourselves and others, bolstering a resilient hope for humanity.
SBDP has created three critically acclaimed repertory shows in the Bay Area: Home, Rocked by Women, and This Land. The Huffington Post said of the outdoor landscape series, This Land, “the drama of Bush’s highly charged movement is meant to renew our sense of self, our sense of place and community.” The SF Bay Guardian reviewed Rocked by Women, a coming of age story honoring the history of women’s music, as “a weighty yet explosive expression of the power of an indomitable spirit and embracing courage.” Most recently, a Homeward audience member reflected, “Homeward stirred memories and longings for relationship, for meaning, for home. Such a feast of choreography.”
SBDP also has a full calendar of community activism performances and workshops. In 2017, SBDP created, taught, and performed the Wonder Flashmob dance in honor of International Women’s Day and led two free, outdoor, all-ages This Land workshops through the East Bay Regional Park Department “Multicultural Wellness” Programs. SBDP is currently a company in residence at the Berkeley Art Center, using interactive performances to facilitate art appreciation.
SBDP productions have received funding from the the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, the Zellerbach Foundation, Blum Family Foundation, Bernstein Family Foundation, Queer Cultural Center, Meriama Fund, and Open Meadows Foundation. SBDP has held residencies at Berkeley Art Center, SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts, and Shotwell Studios. Bush’s work has been presented at Concept 23, Dance In Revolting Times (D.I.R.T.), PUSHfest, West Wave, Women On The Way, Global Women’s Rights Forum, National Women’s Music Festival, National Queer Arts Festival, Olivia Travel cruises, Summer Feast, Summer Performance Festival (SPF)9, SF Movement Arts Festival, and San Francisco International Arts Festival. Domestic and International performances locations include Oakland, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Dos Rios, Moab, Madison, New York City, Washington DC, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Stockholm.
“Homeward is an intriguing, heartfelt look at human connections and the ways people feel at home; it left the audience thinking about its own versions of home long after they left the studio.”
— The Daily Californian
Praise for This Land
The SF Chronicle described This Land as, “ A paean to the beauty landscapes of Oakland”…“exuberant and visceral choreography.” Dance Europe Magazine named This Land a Critic’s Choice selection for “premiere of the year.”
“Against these spectacular, constantly shifting backdrops, infiltrated by ambient sounds and intentional music, the drama of Bush’s highly charged movement is meant to renew our sense of self, our sense of place and community.” (The Huffington Post)
Reviews of Rocked by Women
The SF Bay Guardian wrote: “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,” and The Huffington Post added, “A monumental work, which would reverberate just as powerfully in an opera house as it did in the intimate Dance Mission Theater.”
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