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POSTPONED – ODC/Dance Downtown
March 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
One event on March 29, 2020 at 5:00 pm
One event on April 2, 2020 at 8:00 pm
One event on April 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm
One event on April 4, 2020 at 8:00 pm
One event on April 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm
One event on March 27, 2020 at 8:00 pm
One event on March 28, 2020 at 8:00 pm
At this time, ODC/Dance has postponed their upcoming performance. Read more here.
ODC/Dance, San Francisco’s internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company, is pleased to present Dance Downtown, its 49th Home Season featuring two programs of bold and bracing choreography.
From March 26 – March 29, ODC presents powerful works by ODC Founder and Artistic Director Brenda Way and Co-Artistic Director KT Nelson. Both pieces in the opening week embody values that continue to compel the artists: the world of nature and the power of community. Nelson’s 2009 work Grassland, is “pulsing with life,” wrote the San Francisco Chronicle. Moved by the grievous disappearance of natural diversity, Nelson’s Grassland is set to a lush, commissioned score by Marcelo Zarvos. The work’s physical language is derived from observing a wide range of grass, including extinct grasses. Way’s celebrated 2011 work, Speaking Volumes, is set to an original score by Jay Cloidt and conceived as a treatise on building: a facility, a dance company, and a community. It begins, in a fleeting gloss on the opening of the Marriage of Figaro, with a solo dancer measuring the space, inviting us to consider both construction and perception. It accumulates to a final boisterous section featuring the whole company amplified by a chorus of young dancers and returning ODC alumni.
Over the second weekend, April 2-5, the company performs Up for Air (Decameron). A collaboration woven from all four ODC choreographic voices: Brenda Way; KT Nelson; Associate Choreographer Kimi Okada; and Resident Choreographer Kate Weare, Up for Air (Decameron) is performed by dancers from both ODC/Dance and New York-based Kate Weare Company. As in Bocaccio’s 14th century novel, The Decameron, the dance is comprised of erotic, touching and raucous tales of love and connection. It features a range of contemporary music and live vocal and instrumental music by Lisa Berman of the celebrated Old Time Band, The Crooked Jades.