PUSH Dance Company (popular name: PUSH) is a professional dance group based in San Francisco, which specializes in interdisciplinary performances involving media, technology, collaboration, and site-specific work. Founded in 2005, the Company’s mission is to build vibrant contemporary dances to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges attributed to mixed heritage. PUSH maintains a philosophy that bold movement and intellect can coexist on stage. As a contemporary dance company, the group has garnered a national-touring reputation for exploring little known or unheard voices from marginalized communities. The Company produces the annual PUSHfest & PUSHfest Awards, a multi-genre dance festival that brings together existing works by choreographers working within different dance disciplines and boasts a Dance Education Outreach Program that brings local teaching artists to schools and community centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
This residency culminates in a main stage performance at the 11th annual Aspen Fringe Festival. PUSH will perform their profound work Codelining including a new excerpt created during their residency.
The project, Codelining, reflects the experiences of mixed and multiracial communities of color, with a particular emphasis on Black neighborhoods. Once a longstanding partnership with the 3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic in the Bayview-Hunter’s Point, the project has now transitioned to engage other young African American women who live and work in San Francisco. The voices of these young people, their families, in their many forms and arrangements have been demonized and marginalized, even at times within their own community. This misperception has led to a dangerous lack of adequate housing and education. Two major residencies developed in 2018 and 2019 at Bayview Opera House, have assisted Artistic Director, Raissa Simpson, in gathering input from the young residents. The goals are to empower them to share their stories about racism in the City’s gentrification and redevelopment policies, claiming artistic space for black bodies, expressing the current dangers of “normalizing” Black out-migration and building equitable relationships between affordable housing and Black residents. By deepening this line of inquiry from the residency to the stage, the project asks the following questions: How will Codelining create a deeper creative exchange for the residents? Can their stories be integrated into movement? What input will the residents give for the outcome of the final production?
Learn more about PUSH Dance at www.pushdance.org