“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); 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, re-staged for Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in 2015); This Land, Oakland (Odell Johnson Theatre 2016); and Homeward (Shawl-Anderson Dance Center 2017).
SBDP productions have received funding from the the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, the Zellerbach, Blum, and Bernstein Family Foundations, and the Meriama Fund. SBDP has held residencies at Shotwell Studios, SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts, and Berkeley Art Center. Bush’s work has been presented at Women On The Way, National Queer Arts Festival, West Wave, PUSH Fest, Dance In Revolting Times (D.I.R.T.), Global Women’s Rights Forum, National Women’s Music Festival, Olivia Travel cruises, Summer Feast, Summer Performance Festival (SPF), SF Movement Arts Festival, and San Francisco International Arts Festival. Domestic and International performances locations include Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dos Rios, Madison, NYC, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Stockholm.
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.”
In 2016 Sarah Bush Dance Project presented This Land in Oakland, bringing together Bay Area dancers, musicians and poetry to generate art in an intimate exchange with different outdoor landscapes in Oakland, and culminating with a live performance at Laney College’s Odell Johnson Theater. 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)
CORE VALUES: Feminism, Diversity, Excellence, Authenticity, Accessibility, Empowerment, Versatility, Innovation