b. 1976 in New Orleans, USA, lives in San Francisco, USA
Sonsherée Giles is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and costume designer. Bufano and Giles collaborated on several projects and were both involved for some years with the AXIS Dance Company.
One Breath is an Ocean for a Wooden Heart, 2007
Video documentation of the performance, 12’56”, colour, sound
Choreographed and performed by Lisa Bufano and Sonsherée Giles
Music composed by Jerry Smith and performed by Jerry Smith and Caroline Penwarden
In this performance, the two dancers wear 70-centimetre wooden stilts secured to their arms and legs, constructed from Queen-Anne-style table legs. The stilts utilise familiar everyday objects to enable the dancers to create a basic illusion of table and chair shapes. Through their movements, the dancers
are transformed through a wide range of imagery: animated furniture, magical toys, eight-legged insect, four-legged gazelle and two-legged birds. The effect is an eerie otherworldliness, as two different bodies navigate a movement and sound landscape that is both enabled and constrained by their use of wooden stilts. One Breath is an Ocean for a Wooden Heart was commissioned in part by AXIS Dance Company in association with Alliger Arts and premiered in 2007 at the Extravagant Bodies Festival in Zagreb, Croatia.