Patricia Bulitt


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Patricia Bulitt
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Patricia Bulitt, a dancer and interdisciplinary artist builds community events and performs solo dance. As the first non native dancer invited throughout Alaska, beginning in 1977-2013. Concerned with environmental awareness, women's culture and expressive arts as part of community life, created a public event as a women's and girls tea party and storytelling tea party in regional park in Berkeley, CA. This served 125 guests from 8-90 years of age in an interdisciplinary arts event commemorating the human and natural history of the park through poetry, prose, dance, songs, visual art. Each brought a story of a woman or girl who influences her life. Brought to homeless shelter and into schools for boys and girls, this event was produced for 14 years./ Collaging and making original paper dresses, the first series of paper dresses were worn by the " Kettle Tellers" in the tea party as costume. Continuing this art, Patricia's paper dresses are both as visual art standing by itself, but also worn in performance such as A PAPER DRESS OF APOLOGY FOR A YOUNG IRAQI GIRL informed by the photograph by Chris Hondros of young girl in Iraq screaming as her family was killed in the war. Original poem is collaged on the dress, spoken in performance. Leading workshops for girls and women to commemorate a women/ girl in their lives onto a paper dresses have been led at Rutgers University, University of Alaska, and many art centers in SF Bay area as well as boys and girls in elementary schools, summer camps commemorating friendship onto the wearable paper garments. Making solo dance performance in nature have commemorated particular landscapes in US, Japan, New Zealand. Performances have taken place in gardens, regional parks, creeks, celebrating landscape and imagination. /Making many exhibitions commemorating both traditional dance and oral histories in Alaska, and SF Bay Area, as well as commemorating dances honoring birds such as at America's oldest bird refuge, residencies at regional parks where the creation of dances and children's programs took place the exhibitions in Nature Centers invite the public to understand artists experiences in natural settings as form of reciprocity with expressive art. Interviewing the public's relationship to particular landscapes or dancers about their lives as dancers, Patricia's contributions to archives with the recordings are in the collection of the Museum of Performance and Design and the University of California, Berkeley, and soon to be in the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.