Lisa Bufano

News & Events

May 15 - 25, 2013
Bodies of Work: Festival of Disability Art and Culture - Chicago

Performance Dates & Locations:

May 17 & 18, 2013 6 - 7:30 pm
Counter Balance IV
Access Living
115 W. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL

An evening of physically integrated dance, poetry and spoken word that explores the intersection of disability, diversity and art.
Featuring: Alice Sheppard, Baraka de Soleil, Lisa Bufano, Pennie Brinson, Tony Serra, and MOMENTA dancers: Anita Kenney, Deborah Goodman, Ginger Lane, and Kris Lenzo.

Personal Assistants, Sign Language Interpreters & Narrative Description will be provided.
Limited seating RSVP encouraged 312 640 2122

May 18th, 2013, 1-3 pm
Creative Movement Workshop
Access Living
115 W. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL

April 25 - May 6, 2013
A Wake - Brazil Tour

Performance Dates & Locations:

April 28, 2013 8:30 pm
VIVADANCA Festival Internacional
Salvador, Bahia

April 30, 2013 7:00 pm
Associacao de Amigos da Arte e Mantenedores da Virtual Companhia de Danca
São Jose do Rio Preto

May 2, 2013 8:00 pm
Associacao de Amigos da Arte e Mantenedores da Virtual Companhia de Danca
Teatro Municipal Humberto Sinibaldi Neto
Sao Jose do Rio Preto, SAO PAULO

May 3, 2013 8:00 pm
Associacao de Amigos da Arte e Mantenedores da Virtual Companhia de Danca
FLIV – Festival Literario – Palco externo

May 4, 2013 8:00 pm
Associacao de Amigos da Arte e Mantenedores da Virtual Companhia de Danca
Teatro Municipal Anis Pacha

February 22 & 23, 2013
tickets are purchased for timed 2-3 hour blocks ($35- $40)
Performance Installation
All Worlds Fair
at The Mint Building in San Francisco

Lisa Bufano will perform in an upstairs chamber of the Old Mint building at The All Worlds Fair in SF. The old mint, a stunning historical landmark containing its original vaults, is the ultimate site to host what has been predicted to be "the greatest gathering of all of time and space." This immersive experience is more than a performance event or a showcase of west coast's most creative forces and visionaries. This is the event that inspires reality to be stranger than fiction; inviting ambassadors, scientists, alchemists, singers, dancers, sorcerers, inventors and prophetic dreamers from all across the infinite to set up among us.

Find out more and purchase tickets at the All Worlds Fair website:

December 22, 2012 6:00-8:00pm
Performance Installation
Extreme Futurist Festival
in Los Angeles

Lisa Bufano will be performing an extended solo installation on stilts outside the Immersion Dome at The Extreme Futurist Festival in L.A. This is an opportunity to see her among many other fantastic artists, performers, speakers, and musicians including Survival Research Laboratories, Negativeland, Lydia Lunch, Aubrey de Grey, Outer body and many others. Find out more at the XFF website:
Watch the XFF promo video

Saturday, December 22, 2012
6:00 - 8:00pm
450 South Bixel Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Tickets: $75 Buy Online

November 7 and 8, 2012 8:00pm
How Does It End?
Performance at The Garage in San Francisco

Lisa Bufano and Sonsheree Giles perform on table-leg stilts
in an evening of new contemporary choreography with work by Deborah Karp and Amy Lewis.

choreographed and performed by: Lisa Bufano and Sonsheree Giles
composed and performed by: Caroline Penwarden

How Does It End? investigates a relationship between two creatures on Queen Anne table-legs by exploring physical states of attachment, connection, disconnection, and the elusive feeling of belonging.

Wednesday and Thursday,November 7 and 8, 2012
The Garage
715 Bryant St. San Francisco, SF, C.A. 94107
$15 brownpapertickets or $10 - $20 cash
Venue Website:

Saturday, September 15, 2012 between 6:00pm and 7:00pm
Performance Installation on stilts in YBCA lobby

Lisa Bufano and Sonsheree Giles perform on table-leg stilts
as part of Femina Potens' Askew Film and Performance Festival

Saturday, September 15, 2012
between 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St., SF, C.A. 94103
Free performance in the lobby
$10 for film screening
Visit YBCA for info and tickets

Wednesday, ; 5-7 PM May 16, 2012: Performance and Discussion

Poetic Prosthetics: Lived Reality and Flights of Imagination
As part of Ann Schnake's MFA exhibition: Re-Imagine, Re-Tool, Change Parts Talk With Amanda Cachia and Guest Artists

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
5:00pm - 7:00pm
California College of the Arts San Francisco
1111 8th Street (at Hooper)

Ann Schnake is an artist building sculpture, installations and social engagements in both galleries and unexpected venues. She works with chefs, hairdressers, nurses and other artists to investigate the economy of the body and creative disruption.

March 28, 2012: Film Screening and Round Table Discussion at SF State University

There will be a free screening of Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back at The Cesar Chavez Student Center at SF State University. Lisa Bufano will join in a round-table discussion about disability and performance following the film.
More info

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Cesar Chavez Student Center
1650 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

Century-old ballet still pushing boundaries
KALW interview by Jen Chien

Sonsheree Giles, Caroline Penwarden, and Heike Liss were interviewed about Was It A Dream I loved. Listen online now.

February 10-12, 2012: Performance in Oakland, CA.

Oakland-based dance company this sweet nothing premieres Was It A Dream I loved,
February 10-12, 2012; Tickets $15-$30.00

Was It A Dream I loved a dance theater performance, is a collaboration of Choreographer Sonsheree Giles, composer Caroline Penwarden, and visual artist Heike Liss.

The performance combines work from One Breath is an Ocean for a Wooden Heart, a duet on table-leg stilts that Lisa Bufano and Sonsheree Giles choreographed, with Afternoon of a Faun and other dances by Sonsheree Giles. The performers include dancers from AXIS Dance Company, as well as Amy Lewis, Rebecca Gilbert, Janet Das, John Carnahan, Kevin Atkinson, Alicia Ruth, Damon Waitkus, Aram Shelton, Noah Phillips, Jim Kassis, and Jason Hoopes.

When: February 10-12, doors open 7.45pm, show at 8 PM
Where: The Marion Green Black Box Theater at the Fox Theater
530 19th Street, Oakland, CA 94516
Tickets: $15-30, Buy online and at the door.
More Info:

New Interview Online

January 19, 2012, I was interviewed by the sensational Jane Hash of "HASH IT OUT WITH JANE" on KUSF-IN-EXILE. Listen online.

November 7- December 18, 2011: Theater Residency, Exhibition, and Performances in Northern France

Exhibition: November 15 to December 18, 2011
Body, Prosthesis and Bio-Objects

Art Oriente objet (curators and associated artists) and The University of Artois (Porteur de projet) are presenting partners of Body, Prosthesis and Bio-Objects, an exhibit and international symposium, in conjunction with L'art+toi, Bethune 2011, Capitale regionale de la culture.

The work of the included artists confront boundaries that relate to the body and is relevant to ethical and moral concerns surrounding bio-technical advance:
the naturalistic observation of the degradation of the body (Martin uit den Bogaard), the absolute aestheticization of the body missing (the choreographer Lisa Bufano), to the desire for inter-body communication, or human-animal hybridization (Art Object Oriented) and even human-plant (Jun Takita).
Learn more about the exhibit:

The Garage

169, boulevard Raymond Poincaré
62400 Bethune
Tel. 03 21 62 20 11

Opening hours:
14h - 19h Tuesday to Sunday
14h - 22h Friday
Accessible to persons with reduced mobility
Admission: Free

November 16, 2011: Performance in Bethune, France:
Performance and video projection at The Garage at the opening for the exhibit CORPS, PROTHÈSES ET BIO-OBJETS:

November 7-17, 2011: Residency and Performance at the Hippodrome, Douai, France.

Lisa Bufano performing on stilts in Home is not Home, November, France, 2011

Home is Not Home (working title) is a movement/video collaboration created by Lisa Bufano and Jason Tschantre for L'art+toi, Bethune 2011, Capitale regionale de la culture.
Theater Residency: November 7-14, Hippodrome, Douai, France.
Performance: November 14, 7pm, Hippodrome, Douai, France.

Wheelchair Accessible

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