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The Art of Becoming Birds
Oak Soma Photo: Sarah Bush Dance Project
During the pandemic, a flock of artists gathered and entered the world of the birds. In a creative study over two years, they explored the question, “how do we embody birds?” Each dancer chose a favorite bird to bring to life, including the Western Meadowlark, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-Shouldered Hawk, American Crow, Cardinal, Snowy Egret, Black-necked Stilt, and Cedar Waxwing.
The Six Foot Wingspan dance films explore birds and conservation through movement, music, and expression.
Sarah Bush Dance Project is an LGBTQIA-led company that is known for award-winning intergenerational dance theater performances. The company has developed a This Land creative process of using the senses to generate language and movement.
There are 30 gifted artists who flocked together to create this experience. Dancers include Frances Teves Sedayao, Joan Lazarus, Sue Li Jue, Richelle Donigan, Risa Ofelia Diaz, KJ Dahlaw, Julianna Cressman, Sarah Bush, Sarah Cabigas, Hannah Westbrook, Olivia Eng, courtney hope, mindful birding guide Molly Tsongas, filmmakers Lindsay Gauthier, Clare Schweitzer, Aleksey Bochkovsky, sound composer Miles Lassi, video effects and photography Olivia Ting, couture designer Colleen Quen, writer Jessica Zhou, videographer Zegan Doyle, visual artist Sabina Kariat, sculpture artist Kasia Krzykawska, makeup artists Lyle Mackston, Tamiko, Ché, photographer Alex Matt, stage and production managers Raphael Buenaventura and Jeanie Walsh.
How Colleen Quen brought nine birds to life in silk.
Bird portraits explore the frozen past versus the vibrant present.
Watch the dance videos that explore the movement and embodiment of nine birds.
Six bird portraits by artist Julianna Cressman
Viral makeup tutorial, bird drag looks, and special interview with L Y L E, drag queen and Disney Prince.
Stunning bird drag makeup transformation by L Y L E, drag queen and Disney Prince. This look inspired by the rainbow plumage of the Painted Bunting. Follow L Y L E at @itsjustlyle on IG.
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