ODC Theater is proud to present This is Also the Art, featuring artists originally scheduled to be produced in ODC Theater’s 2020 Season. Join us on Thursdays this fall to see content from the works at variable stages, to hear how artists and their collaborators enliven the works in the liminal times and spaces between performances, and to ask your questions about the continued existence of the pieces offstage.
- September 24: Hope Mohr
Thursday, September 24 at 6:00 PM PDT
I had long worried that I was incapable of having a profound experience of art and I had trouble believing that anyone had, at least anyone I knew. I was intensely suspicious of people who claimed a poem or painting or piece of music 'changed their life,' especially since I had often known these people before and after their experience and could register no change.
-Ben Lerner, from Leaving the Atocha Station
On Thursday, September 24, join artists Christian Burns, Hope Mohr, and Wiley Naman Strasser for an intimate conversation about the making of Leaving the Atocha Station, a work of experimental dance theater inspired by the Ben Lerner novel of the same name. In Lerner's postmodern novel about an artist's search for authenticity, the white protagonist poet, crippled by irony and doubt, longs to disappear into numbness. But he secretly believes in the power of art.
- October 1: randy reyes
Thursday, October 1, 6:00 PM PDT
On Thursday, October 1, randy reyes will be in conversation with Barry Brannum, María Regina Firmino-Castillo, margit galanter, maïa nunes, and tt owen who are all collaborators, colleagues, choreographers, artists, and dear friends. The starting point for this dialogue will be a series of solo works reyes has been developing in the Bay Area between 2018 - 2019 (death by disco, nothing ever stays white for too long, & la pastilla del dia despues) as well as conversations with these creators before and during the pandemic around their own relationships to shadow werq, strategies for thriving and for cultivating pleasure and joy, and how we have all been stepping into and preparing for the end and dissolution of the current world paradigm as we know it. randy reyes was slated to show new work in progress in fall 2020 as part of ODC Theater Unplugged.
- October 8: Catherine Galasso
Thursday, October 8, at 6:00 PM PDT
On Thursday, October 8, Catherine Galasso and collaborators will show clips from the 2018 performance of the aptly titled Alone Together and discuss how the piece resonates in the current climate. They will also discuss some of the process behind the making of Alone Together and how they think about adapting the piece for subsequent remounts. Alone Together was slated for performance in ODC Theater’s 2020 Walking Distance Dance Festival.
- October 29: inkBoat and Guest Choreographer Ann Carlson
Thursday, October 29, at 6:00 PM PDT
On Thursday, October 29, collaborators will discuss how These Are the Ones We Fell Among is being created by Ann Carlson in collaboration with inkBoat dancers Shinichi Iova-Koga and Dana Iova-Koga. The performers shape shift between the human and non-human, wrestling out loud with death and extinction while diving into the absurd and the playful. Rehearsals over Zoom have shaped the work in the context of global uncertainty. The project continues with musician/composers Carla Kihlstedt and Shahzad Ismaily, lighting by Allen Willner and set design by Frank Lee. These Are the Ones We Fell Among was slated to premiere in fall 2020 at ODC Theater.
- November 12: Bobbi Jene Smith
Thursday, November 12, at 6:00 PM PDT
On Thursday, November 12, Bobbi Jene Smith, director of LOST MOUNTAIN ("impressive... fearless" - NY Times) is joined by artists Keir GoGwilt, Marta Miller, and Or Schraiber, to share a glimpse into their process of collaboration, creation, and meeting in the middle, on a mountain. LOST MOUNTAIN was slated for performance in fall 2020 at ODC Theater.
- November 19: Christy Funsch
Thursday, November 19, at 6:00 PM PDT
On Thursday, November 19, Christy Funsch talks with colleague and collaborator Maurya Kerr about EPOCH, Funsch’s 12-hour installation performance designed to dismantle capitalism. Critiquing choreographic power, rehearsal politics, and the white supremacist ideation of rugged individualism, Funsch and Kerr consider abolitionist feminism as a model for choreographic thought and process. EPOCH was slated to premiere in fall 2020 at ODC Theater.
- December 17: Margaret Jenkins and Rinde Eckert
Thursday, December 17 at 6:00 PM PDT
On Thursday, December 17, Margaret Jenkins and Rinde Eckert will be in conversation with their long time collaborator Michael Palmer. Together, they will discuss Jenkins and Eckert’s current process leading up to the future premiere of Migratory Passages, a new duet thematically related to their previous 3 duets, with the weight of death and transfiguration now countered by the lightness of migratory birds rising from a clear lake to disappear in the distance on their way from one home to another. Migratory Passages was slated to premiere in ODC Theater’s 2020 Walking Distance Dance Festival.