Brenda Way’s Walk Back the Cat, premiered in 2016, excavates the circuitous journey of the choreographic process and arrives in a world inspired by Thomas Hart Benton’s muscular and vital murals of American City Life in the 1930s.

Including visuals by photographer RJ Muna and video by Ian Winters, the work features a commissioned jazz-inspired score and live performance by Paul Dresher and musicians.

KT Nelson creates Going Solo for one of Brandon W. Freeman "Private" many retirement threats.


2017 marks the 70th Pilot Season, featuring emerging bay area choreographers 
Carma Zisman joins ODC as Executive Director

ODC performs Way’s 24 Exposures on the tiniest stage in the world at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.

Underwritten by the Mellon Foundation, the Sandbox series is initiated to provide bay area choreographers with totally subsidized dancers, space and time, focusing only on process, no product.
ODC also hires an in-house writer in residence, thanks to Mellon. 

ODC's Teen dance company directed by Kimi Okada, Dance Jam, produces its first independent concert.


KT Nelson's Path of Miracles at Dance Downtown

Walking Distance Dance Festival, Kimi Okada presents Canine Comfort

Friday, January 1, 2016 - 12:00