ODC Theater 2021 Fall Season

ODC Theater Fall 2021 Season
October 2-November 7, 2021

Renew your perspective by opening yourself to art. ODC Theater’s Fall Season hosts a treasure trove of Bay Area artists offering options for in-person and virtual performance. Highlights of the Fall Season include two works originally slated for premiere last year: EPOCH, a 12-hour event created by choreographer Christy Funsch for a cast of 12 dancers, and These Are the Ones We Fell Among, crafted by award-winning interdisciplinary artist Ann Carlson for inkBoat performers Shinichi and Dana Iova-Koga. From October 2 - November 7 the stage will shimmer with local fare featuring several returning companies with which we share long ties: Chitresh Das Institute (ODC Home Company), Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, Kinetech Arts, and RAWdance. As ODC Theater continues to change and grow through intersections of craft, curiosity, and community – we welcome you back into the space of possibilities...see you at the theater!

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
    Arts Access $15.00
    General $30.00
    Supporter $75.00

    General $10.00
    General $20.00
    General $30.00
    Supporter $75.00

    *For individual ticket prices to Co-Presented performances, please see the artists’ ticketing pages below


  • ODC Theater Presents Funsch Dance Experience: EPOCH

    Saturday, October 2, 2021, 10 AM PT
    In-person and virtual

    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?

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  • Chitresh Das Institute and ODC Theater Co-Present: Mantram

    Friday-Saturday, October 15-16, 2021, 8PM PT; Sunday, October 17, 2021, 4PM PT

    October 15
    In-person and virtual

    October 16-17
    In-person only

    Kathak artist and choreographer Charlotte Moraga's new work, Mantram, an artistic creation exploring resonance through movement, music, percussion, and vedanta, the world's oldest, unbroken oral tradition. In this piece Moraga seeks out connection in a time when we have become so utterly disconnected, from ourselves, from one another, and from the earth. The music will be composed by renowned musician Alam Khan.

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  • Amy Seiwert’s Imagery and ODC Theater Co-Present: SKETCH 11: Interrupted

    Friday, October 22, 7:30 PM PT

    SKETCH 11: Interrupted pays homage to the worldwide disruption of the pandemic and reconceives Imagery’s original plan on a smaller scale. Seiwert and Needham-Wood will use specific tools of deconstruction and reconstruction to expose the inner workings of each piece and lay bare each choreographer’s conscious and unconscious habits. Choreography can often happen in isolated ways, and this type of structured feedback disrupts that isolation to open up avenues of imagination and possibility.

    You can also catch SKETCH 11: Interrupted August 27-29.

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  • Kinetech Arts and ODC Theater Co-Present: Passage

    Saturday, October 23, 2021, 7 PM & 8:15 PM PT; Sunday, October 24, 2021, 2 PM & 3:15 PM PT

    October 23
    In-person and virtual

    October 24
    In-person only

    Founded in 2013, Kinetech Arts combines the work of dancers, scientists, and digital artists to create innovative performances. Through exploring the intersection of movement, science and technology, KA illuminates new ways of creating, collaborating and engaging the audience in subjects that matter. Each year, KA produces multiple performances and over 50 other public events, including Open Labs, Y-Exchange public talks and Dance Hack Festivals. Kinetech Arts work has been supported by Zellerbach Family Foundation, CA$H Grant, The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and Creative Work Fund.  KA residencies include Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Headlands Center for the Arts, Combustible at CounterPulse, SAFEhouse Arts, KUNST-STOFF arts, and participation at Dancing Lab: Immersive Media Through Cunningham at NCCAkron

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  • RAWdance and ODC Theater Co-Present: TAKE 3

    Friday, October 29, 6 PM PT/9 PM EST; Saturday, October 30, 5 PM PT/8 PM EST & 8 PM PT/11 PM EST

    RAWdance’s three Co-Artistic Directors offer an evening of dynamic digital dance, created for the stage and re-envisioned for film. Shadow (part 1), choreographed by Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein, brings a quartet of dancers from San Francisco and New York for the first chapter premiere of this deep dive into our digital debris and data-defined identities. Much celebrated, The Healer (2020), choreographed by Katerina Wong, also returns to the screen. In memory of Wong’s late aunt, The Healer mines the ancient history, systems, and beliefs of Traditional Chinese Medicine to shed light on humanity’s innate ability to overcome suffering.

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  • ODC Theater Presents inkBoat with Guest Choreographer Ann Carlson: These are the Ones We Fell Among

    Friday-Saturday, November 5 & 6, 8 PM PT; Sunday, November 7, 4 PM PT

    November 5
    In-person and virtual

    November 6-7
    In-person only

    Two humans, trapped and transforming, enmeshed and enjoying an endless loop of abstractly absurd and tender tomfoolery. These are the Ones We Fell Among inspired by the movements and metaphors of the elephant, is an evening length world reminiscent of Samuel Beckett and Dr. Seuss. This work erupted from the pandemic and responds to extinction, to fear, to love and to loss. Conceived and directed by Ann Carlson in collaboration with inkBoat, with dancers Shinichi Iova-Koga and Dana Iova-Koga and musician/composers Carla Kihlstedt and Shahzad Ismaily. Lighting by Allen Willner. Set by Frank Lee.

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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 adult participants are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated (“fully vaccinated” means two weeks after completion of the recommended vaccination series) or, if unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. If you show proof of vaccination, masks are optional. There are no social distancing requirements.

At the discretion of the artists, some shows may have additional health and safety measures. Please check the ticketing page for information specific to the ticketed performance or event you are attending.

All ticket sales are final. ASL and captioning will be available for all live stream events.