Trying to Find a Home, Despite Deportations, Fires and Hurricanes

Julie Crothers, Clarissa Dyas, Sue Li Jue, Joan Lazarus, Jeni Leary, with Rose Huey and Sarah Bush perform in the world premiere of Homeward a new dance by Sarah Bush. (Photo: Lisa Harding/Sarah Bush Dance Project)

A place to call home is never easy to find, especially not in an age of deportations, North Bay fires, and hurricanes in Houston and Puerto Rico. So Sarah Bush (Sarah Bush Dance Project) has updated her piece Home, made after Hurricane Katrina, into a new work she calls Homeward.  The piece explores ideas about losing and finding home as both a feeling and a place.

Julie Crothers, Clarissa Dyas, Sue Li Jue, Joan Lazarus, Jeni Leary, with Rose Huey and Sarah Bush perform in the world premiere of Homeward a new dance by Sarah Bush
Julie Crothers, Clarissa Dyas, Sue Li Jue, Joan Lazarus, Jeni Leary, with Rose Huey and Sarah Bush perform in the world premiere of Homeward a new dance by Sarah Bush. (Photo: Lisa Harding/Sarah Bush Dance Project)

“This show Homeward," Bush told me by phone, "is a show for the holidays," but not, she said, a fairytale escape like The Nutcracker. "With all of the loss, with all of the struggle, and all of the politics, the holidays can also be a coming home to the love and commitment and bravery it takes to build and maintain families and relationships and a sense of home, and that is what gives us resilience through tough times and loss."

As my cohost Eli Wirtschafter notes, it's always complicated, but worth it, to be home for holidays. Details here.

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