Six Foot Wingspan

Dance and Artist Residency with Sarah Bush Dance Project and Audubon California

Photo: Sarah Bush Dance Company

We are a collection of artists and creations exploring and deepening our awareness by tuning into the birds.

Sarah Bush Dance Project is known for their award-winning intergenerational dance theater performances.  Sarah and company have spent several seasons creating site-specific and site-inspired works. The company has developed a This Land creative process of using the senses to generate language and movement. They have been studying birds, bird language, and bird movement as part of this artist residence.

What does a FEELING, an AWARENESS, look like and sound like?

That’s a question that will lead us into Sarah Bush Dance Project's 14th season. We’re thrilled that our 2020 residency has been extended and we’ll be continuing our Audubon partnership in 2021. We are making a collection of dance films to bring the viewer inside the sensory experience of the birdsit. The #sixfootwingspan flock of artists gather weekly. Through birdsits, writing, movement, creative direction, research, and conversation we work together to deepen our connection with birds and to shape stories, visuals, movement, and sound to share with audiences and invite the public into these experiences

Our 2020 season clarified that we can adapt the how, what, and where we create and it’s the why and the who that are the essential heart of the project and the consistent thread.

The who:

Dancers include Frances Sedayao, Joan Lazarus, Sue Li Jue, Richelle Donigan, Risa Ofelia Diaz, KJ Dahlaw, Julianna Cressman, Sarah Bush, bird language guide Molly Tsongas, filmmaker Lindsay Gauthier, composer Miles Lassi, video effects Artist Olivia Ting, and couture designer Colleen Quen will combine our artistry toward the creation of a dance film following COVID protocols and then live performances at Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary when it is safe to do so.

The why:

Connection. Connecting matters. Connecting to YOU, to each other, to our communities, and also to the rest of the natural world and creatures around us, helps us repair our relationships to ourselves and to one another. It broadens our scope of awareness and expands our consciousness to consider other ways of living.

"I didn’t think I’d be making dances that imitated bird gestures, and yet, just yesterday I watched a duck raise itself up vertically from the surface of the pond with a stretch and fluttering of its wings and found myself attempting to replicate those miraculous mechanics of levitation." - Sarah Bush


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