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October 24, 2007 > The Dance of Coyote Hills

The Dance of Coyote Hills

By Tarun Bhatnagar
Photos By Michael Rossney

On Sunday, Oct 28, Coyote Hills Regional Park will be hosting an amazing and emblematic event that will soon become the talk of the town. One of Berkeley's most talented and original minds, Patricia Bulitt, will perform an expressive dance known as "The Cartographer's Whisper". This event has been specially created for Coyote Hills Park, and is an opportunity that one cannot afford to miss.

Bulitt is not only an expressive dancer, but also a choreographer, storyteller, and poet. She has been involved with dancing for thirty years, and at the age of fifty-seven, continues to express her creativity in a myriad of ways. Most of Bulitt's dances are exclusive, influenced by the ambience of the environment surrounding her.

The passion behind Bulitt's work is the natural environment. She is able to illuminate the environment through expressive dance, a talent that is both unique and creative. Bulitt feels that her environment and dances serve as a "gift-exchange", in which she absorbs the environment's beauty and peacefulness, and gives back to this same environment through expressive dances.

The Coyote Hills performance will be no different. Bulitt has visited Coyote Hills countless times, and her plans for "The Cartographer's Whisper" have been in the works for nearly three years. Bulitt states that the performance will be held near the marshes of the park, as she feels that this setting will be visually stimulating for the audience.

Various aspects of the marsh - algae, clay, mud, and raccoon prints - have dried to create, as Bulitt says, "a beautiful square, making a map of itself". "The Cartographer's Whisper" will reflect Bulitt's view of Coyote Hills, and consist of original music, text, and of course, dance.

At the conclusion of the performance, guests will be invited to the visitor center, where they can chat with Bulitt, and view her personal Poetic Journal. The journal is a textile art piece made of fabric, decorated with photos and handwritten words. It represents each of Bulitt's visits to Coyote Hills Park. Hot tea will also be served gratis to all attending guests.

Thanks in part to the Open Circle Foundation, and East Bay Regional Parks, this breath-taking performance will be held for free, and is open to everyone. "The Cartographer's Whisper" will begin at 3:30 p.m. For more information, contact East Bay Regional Parks at (510) 795-9385. Patricia Bulitt's "Coyote Hills-Based" performance will be a memorable event designed to bring out the imaginative side of all in attendance. This will be a truly unique and rare opportunity.

The Cartographer's Whisper
A Contemporary Dance Performance
Sunday, Oct 28
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Visitor Center Coyote Hills (near marshes)
8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont
(510) 795-9385

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