ODC Theater Presents Embodiment Project, MUSIC OF THE ACTUALIZED CHILD

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“Art and life collide in Nicole Klaymoon’s works of dance and documentary theater... With a wit that is sometimes poignant, sometimes lacerating, Klaymoon avoids polemic in pursuit of ambiguous, messy truths.”

Carla Escoda

Music of the Actualized Child interweaves street dance, documentary theater, live song, and video art to engage a critical conversation around the school-to-prison pipeline, childhood trauma, race, and healing. Shakti Butler’s new film, Healing Justice, serves as a springboard for visceral movement and musical invention, catalyzing an original work of documentary hip hop theater.

Embodiment Project is a San Francisco based street dance theater company founded by Artistic Director/Choreographer, Nicole Klaymoon in 2008. Embodiment Project’s Ancient Children was commissioned by YBCA and their Izzy Dance Award Winning show Chalk Outlines toured nationally and is regarded by SF Chronicle as “potent, powerful, epic dance theater”. Klaymoon was selected as one of KQED’s 2017 Women to Watch and is currently a resident artist at the ODC Theater, a recipient of the Headlands Center for the Arts residency, and the Gerbode and Hewlett Foundation’s Commissioning Choreographers Award.

This performance is supported in part by The MAP Fund, supported by The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

photo by David Wilson

Special Events

  • Thursday, June 7: Post-Performance Panel & Reception

    Following the performance, join Artistic Director Nicole Klaymoon and the members of Embodiment Project as they engage in conversation around the topics and themes of the work. Enjoy refreshments and mingle with the artists during this post-performance gathering.

  • Friday, June 8: Post-Performance Panel

    Following the performance engage in critical dialogue between hip-hop historian Davey D, James Bell, filmmaker and educator Shakti Butler, and professor Sonya Shah.

  • Saturday, June 9, 6PM: "Healing Justice" Film Screening

    Featuring dance by Embodiment Project, Healing Justice, explores the causes and consequences of the current American justice system and its effect on marginalized communities. The film walks back through the history of violence that has led to our current system, bringing into focus the histories of trauma – on a personal, interpersonal, community, and generational level. This powerful documentary addresses the school-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and the importance of healing and restorative practices.

    Space is limited, RSVP in advance.

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