Dance Downtown 2020

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Program A: Grassland and Speaking Volumes
March 26 - 29, 2020
Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA

Program A features two celebratory and bracing works by ODC's world renowned choreographers, Brenda Way and KT Nelson. Both embody values that continue to compel the artists: nature and community. Nelson's Grassland, is a nod to nature's diversity, where beauty is found in both variety and oddities. It is a sweeping work of inventive movement set to a commissioned score by Marcelo Zarvos.

Way's Speaking Volumes, is a work about 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 dancers measing the space and accumulates over the course of the work to a final boisterous section with the whole company amplifies by a chorus of young dancers and returning ODC alumni. With a commissioned sound score by Joy Cloidt, it is a celebration of form, structure, architecture, intention, all words that cross boundaries of time and place.

We honor the past and the present, the circus that is holding up the ODC tent.

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Program B: Up for Air (Decameron)
April 2 - 5, 2020
Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA

Program B is the world premiere of an evening-length work, Up for Air (Decameron), which incorporates all four of ODC's choreographic voices, Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Kimi Okada, and Resident Choreographer Kate Weare.

In a first for the company, Up for Air (Decameron) is performed by dancers from both ODC and New York based Kate Weare Company. It features a range of contemporary music and live vocal and instrumental music by Lisa Berman of the Crooked Jades, seen last season in Weare and Way's World's on Fire.

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All ticket sales are final. Performances, dancers, and guest artists subject to change.

  • KT Nelson's Grassland play
    "Grassland" part of Program A
  • Up For Air (Decameron) Promo play
    "Up for Air (Decameron)" part of Program B

Dance Downtown Gala

Friday, March 27, 2020

Dance Downtown Gala
Friday, March 27, 2020

Celebrate the new season of fearless and exuberant artistry with a sensational dinner and electric performance at the YBCA Theater. Afterwards, join the artists and fellow art enthusiasts at a glamorous after-party. 

Proceeds from ticket sales support ODC's mission to inspire audiences, cultivate artists, and foster diversity and inclusion through dance.

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