ODC Theater Presents Funsch Dance Experience: EPOCH

ODC Theater Presents Funsch Dance Experience: EPOCH

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ODC Theater Presents Funsch Dance Experience: EPOCH
Saturday, October 2, 2021 10AM
In-person and virtual

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Funsch Dance’s extended-length work, EPOCH, subverts conventional performance models by pushing the limits of duration. In cheeky defiance of Doris Humphrey’s warning “All dances are too long,” EPOCH unfolds over 12 hours, in a gratuitous surplus of movement, interrupted by moments of nothingness, to challenge the valuing of acquisition and excess. Is endurance political? What bonds does an unlikely scenario forge?

EPOCH features an original sound score by Cheryl Leonard and color theory-influenced lighting designed by Danielle Ferguson. EPOCH includes Wrecking by Maurya Kerr, Coral Martin, and Jes DeVille; each of these artists' re-imaginings of the choreography will be performed within the original work. Below is a list of the key entry points; audiences are welcome to come and go throughout the day.

EPOCH Schedule
10 AM: Christy Funsch. Group #1: zoe huey, Erik K. Raymond Lee, Jenna Marie, Victor Talledos, and Lisa Townsend

11 AM: Christy and Nol Simonse. Solos from Group #1.

12 PM: Christy and Nol. Chinchin Hsu. Video footage of composer Cheryl Leonard’s field research

1 PM: Trio: Shareen DeRyan and Jennifer Perfilio

2 PM: Christy. Group #1 with live accompaniment from Cheryl Leonard

3 PM: Danielle Ferguson’s lighting design performs to Cheryl Leonard’s recorded sound and field recording videos

4 PM: Christy and Nol

5 PM: Group #2: Shareen DeRyan, Aura Fischbeck, Emily Hansel, Phoenicia Pettyjohn and Nina Wu with live accompaniment from Cheryl Leonard

6 PM: Maurya Kerr and Coral Martin’s “wrecked” (i.e. re-imagined) versions of EPOCH; discussion with Maurya

7 PM: Christy and Nol. Solos from Group #2

8 PM: Christy and Nol. Group #2 with live accompaniment from Cheryl

9 PM: EPOCH is wrecked from the inside: all performers are invited to perform their version of the work, released from the rules of the choreography

Company/Artist Bio

  • Funsch Dance Experience

    Artistic Director Christy Funsch founded Funsch Dance Experience in 2002 and has since been presented nationally and internationally. She has been awarded residencies at Djerassi, Shawl Anderson, CounterPULSE, U Cross, and Yaddo, and was named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2014. She has received numerous funding awards and was a Fulbright Scholar in Lisbon in 2019.

Ways to Participate

  • Digital Subscription


    • Digital access for one household/device to all Fall Season broadcast events, including Co-Presented performances
    • On-demand access for one week following the live broadcast of:
      • ODC Theater Presents Funsch Dance Experience: EPOCH;
      • ODC Theater Presents This is Also the Art with Chitresh Das Institute; and
      • ODC Theater Presents inkBoat with Guest Choreographer Ann Carlson: These are the Ones We Fell Among


    Early Bird (through Thu, Sep 2) $40.00
    Arts Access $35.00
    General (Begins Fri, Sep 3) $70.00
    Supporter $100.00

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  • Individual Tickets

    In Person (includes digital simulcast) - Saturday, October 2, 2021, 10am-10pm PT

    Digital Only - Saturday, October 2, 2021, 10am-10pm PT

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EPOCH has received generous funding from New Music USA; the Zellerbach Family Foundation; the Fleishhacker Foundation; the California Arts Council's Local Impact Award; the Lighting Artists in Dance Award, a program of Dancers' Group; Paul Dresher's DEAR Residency; PACE (Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise) Award; CA$H Grant; and Triskelion Arts Space Subsidy grant from New York State Council on the Arts.

ODC Theater is excited to welcome the public back for live performances. For the health and safety of yourself and others, and per CDC and SFDPH guidelines, all participants are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated (“fully vaccinated” means two weeks after completion of the recommended vaccination series). Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to invite anyone who is not fully vaccinated indoors at our facilities, which include ODC Dance Commons and ODC Theater. Masks are required indoors. Thank you for your cooperation. For more information on ODC's reopening guidelines, visit odc.dance/reopening.

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

Photo by: Robbie Sweeny of Emily Hansel