Audubon Artist Residency

Audubon California Announces New Dance Residency with Sarah Bush Dance Project

TIBURON (February, 2020) – Bay Area Artistic Director and Choreographer, Sarah Bush and her company of dancers have been selected to be the 2020 Artist in Residence at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center (RBAC). Together, we will co-present nature-inspired dance events through the year.

Sarah Bush Dance Project is known for their award-winning intergenerational dance and nature-themed theater performances. Their recent show Un-Changing Nature explored how humans impact the environment, and how it in turn, impacts us.

“The intersection of art and nature is where my creativity feels most alive,” said Sarah Bush, Artistic Director. “This artist residency with the Richardson Bay Audubon Center will help me study how people learn about climate change, migration, and biomimicry from birds.”

Casey Arndt, Director of RBAC, states, “We are thrilled to partner with Sarah Bush Dance Project to see what amazing movement will emerge at the intersection of waterbirds and dance. We invite our community to enjoy the outdoor dance performances with the sensational bay views of our bird sanctuary.”

The Sarah Bush Dance Project developed a This Land creative process of using the senses to generate nature-inspired movement. They will teach this practice in workshops with children and adults at RBAC this year. Together, we will discover the dance forms that the birds inspire and tap into the vast creativity offered by the peaceful stillness of the sanctuary.

“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,” said Sarah Bush.  

Sarah Bush Dance Project was awarded this residency because of their unique blending of innovative dance, nature-inspired works, and commitment to inclusion, empowerment, and diversity. Their interactive performances will offer the Audubon community a fresh way to connect to nature and birds through creative movement.

View updates and announcements at www.audubonca.org and www.sarahbushdance.org

Follow @audubonca and @sarahbushdance on Instagram to see posts about the creative process.

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Media contact: Jason Howe, jason.howe@audubon.org, 415.595.9245 

The Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon works throughout the Americas using, science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A nonprofit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Learn more how to help at www.audubonca.org and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @audubonca.

Sarah Bush Dance Project

Sarah Bush Dance Project (SBDP) was formed in 2007 to promote innovative artistry and community interaction through the creation and presentation of multimedia dance theater. SBDP generates complex and captivating choreography, layering beauty with compelling issues of place and social justice. The company is rooted in community engagement and is committed to creating dance that in process and performance, embodies the values of its collaborators and tends to the needs, welfare, and spirit of the collaborators, audience, community and environment. Sign up for our monthly newsletter at sarahbushdance.org

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