ODC/Dance Presents: Dance Downtown
Celebrating ODC's 50+ Anniversary
Five decades of virtuosic, exuberant, and fearless dance
March 31-April 10, 2022
Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA
Tickets on sale January 2022
Dance Downtown features two seminal works by ODC Founder and Artistic Director Brenda Way that exemplify the company's emotional and virtuosic choreographic style: Investigating Grace and Speaking Volumes.
Way’s deeply personal Investigating Grace is set to Glenn Gould’s 1955 recordings of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and was named an NEA American Masterpiece. Speaking Volumes is a work that begins as a solo, a single idea, and accumulates over the course of the piece to a group of 30 dancers (including ODC alumnae, Dance Jam and community members) who together embody what can be built from collective action.
The season will also feature world premieres by Guest Choreographers Amy Seiwert and Dexandro Montalvo, two innovative artistic voices who have long histories with ODC. Seiwert, a former ODC Theater Artist in Residence, most recently directed Sacramento Ballet and continues to direct Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, the company she founded in 2011; Montalvo is a choreographer, dancer, and educator, and the former director of SF Dance Theater.
Image by RJ Muna