Gift Exchange of Dance:
A California Dancer’s Exchange with the Eskimos in Alaska
with Patricia Bulitt
presented by Samavesha
part of the Rose Labyrinth Series
Thursday, October 1, 7:30-9:30PM
Rose Labyrinth, 2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley
see website for ticket details
Patricia Bulitt was the first non native dancer to visit Hooper Bay, Alaska, a village on the coast of the Bering Sea. The performance begins with a presentation which includes a slide show of Bulitt’s experiences in the Hooper Bay village beginning in 1978. She will then perform a non traditional Mother of Mukluk Seal Mask Dance and various other dances learned from elders in the village. All are stationary, storytelling dance performances with an original seal-gut-skin parka especially made for Bulitt. Her work has been presented throughout Alaska and the continental US, Japan, Canada, and New Zealand.
Patricia Bulitt, a dancer, and interdisciplinary artist has toured throughout US, Japan, New Zealand and Canada has been awarded with numerous grants and awards such as from National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, City of Berkeley, Artist Honoree (March 2015), Outstanding Woman of the city of Berkeley, Scholarship and Fellowship from UCLA Dance Department. Patricia is also an artist of poetry and paper dresses. In addition, she is a dance ethnographer and Project Director for THEIR EYES HAVE SEEN THE OLD DANCES: Honoring Elder Hooper Bay Dancers and Drummers (1981-2001). She has served on the IZZIES (Bay Area Dance Award Committee, SF) for 6 years.