JEFFREY BUSH migrated to the arts from a background in physics and theology. With an early interest in design and electronics, Mr. Bush obtained a BA in Astrophysics from Columbia College and Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary before entering the field of videotape production as manager of the video-user program at John Jay College. Discovering dance as a compelling subject for his video camera, Mr. Bush incorporated video and dance into the remainder of his formal studies.
He served as a faculty member of the Media Studies Program at New School for Social Research and as a video consultant for educational institutions. Utilizing his background in electronics and physics, he explored ways to marry the techniques of video technology with dance. Authoring one of the first articles stressing the importance of designing dance specifically for the camera, he coined the word “videodance” to describe this new art form. In 1976, Bush joined with Ipiotis to create a body of videodance works. In 1981, Bush and Ipiotis launched EYE ON DANCE & The ARTS in an effort to propel dance literacy.
Together, Bush and Ipiotis initiated model programs and services in the field of video and dance. They directed the Dance Television Workshop at Harvard and other universities, taught courses on video production and the arts and lectured and served on advisory committees. Their award-winning videodance productions and educational programs have been exhibited at Worlds’ Fairs, major cultural institutions such as Lincoln Center and film/video festivals around the world.