Kayla Farrish/ Decent Structures Arts

Kayla Farrish/ Decent Structures Arts

Kayla Farrish/ Decent Structures Arts: Put Away the Fire, dear

March 8- 10, 2024
ODC Theater

Put Away the Fire, dear is an evening-length premiere that uproots power and history across generations of the American cultural landscape. Remixing Old Hollywood cinematic frameworks of the 1930s-60s, choreographer and filmmaker Kayla Farrish maps the journey of six BIPOC and marginalized characters as they take the reins of their identity archetypes, disrupt oppressive tropes, and invite audiences to witness them in their full humanity. This dance-theater performance offers a dynamic mix of filmmaking techniques, storytelling, rigorous contemporary dance, set design, and a compelling score rooted in reclaimed exploited Black American music.

Kayla Farrish/Decent Structures Arts is an emerging company combining filmmaking, storytelling, dance theater performance, and sound score. The company has been commissioned by ODC Theater, Gibney, Little Island, Louis Armstrong Museum, Danspace, Pepatian/BAAD!, and beyond. Farrish has created through residencies like Gallim, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Keshet MSE, BAX, Petronio, and others. Her work as hybrids of live performance and film have shown at The Clarice, Park Avenue Armory, Lincoln Center, Judson Church, film festivals, and elsewhere. In 2021, she co-created site-specific immersive, Broken Record with Brandon Coleman at Little Island, co-directed Melanie Charles Y’ll D’nt Care Abt Black Women Film, solo for The Motherboard Suites at NYLA, Roster - Four/Four Open Air Series with Melanie Charles, and Martyr’s Fiction Feature Film. In 2022, she collaborated with Belinda McGuire, Blacklight Summit, Symphony Space, Kenyon Adams, and Lincoln Center.

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Friday, March 8, 2024 at 7:30pm 
Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 7:30pm 
Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 5:00pm (ASL provided & Addt’l Wheelchair Accessibility)


Curated by Maurya Kerr and Leyya Mona Tawil

Hot Spot: Creating Worlds and Dancing As Feeling with Kayla Farrish and her collaborators

March 8, 2024

Kayla Farrish and Collaborators create a dynamic contemporary dance class in which we are able to build worlds and scenes to dance inside of. Interested in providing technique and forms that are supported with biomechanics, we use foundational forms to feel where we are in our bodies, and to push and experiment with physicality. We will combine contemporary dance forms with improvisation of different textures, embodiments, voice, and relationship to open up possibilities of character, scene, and partnerships. We will see how physicality and feeling can change form, and use play to immerse into dancing and in the worlds created.



Workshop: Imagination, Honoring History, and Reclaiming our Stories - Marginalized Voices through American Cinema and History

Saturday, March 9th, 2024

Join choreographer Kayla Farrish in a community workshop that invites BIPOC and marginalized folks to address how their histories and stories have been seen in cinema and books and archived into the present. Farrish and the cast of Put Away the Fire, dear will share excerpts of the new work and how their process has brought about empowerment and liberation. Through discussion and writing, participants will exchange ideas on how the "Master Narrative" or those in power have tried to capture BIPOC and marginalized folks in false tropes and narratives. The workshop will also address ways of fighting back, the art that aids in imagination, and the narratives and views folks want to manifest now, as well as tools to do so in support of deepening community.

This workshop is free and will last 60 minutes, hosted at SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts: 145 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Folks who identify as Black, Native/Indigenous, or Persons of Color, are strongly encouraged to participate. All ages are encouraged to participate. Artistic experience is not required. 


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Accessibility at ODC

ODC Theater is ADA Accessible. For all ODC/Dance and ODC Theater presented performances, ASL is provided for shows with performed text for at least one performance during the show run. Additional wheelchair seating is provided for select shows. Captioning is provided for all Digital Encores. ODC Theater restrooms are All-Gender and All-Gender restrooms are located upstairs, outside of Studio B in ODC Dance Commons. Please see individual event pages for more information. Questions? Please contact the ODC Box Office at boxoffice@odc.dance.

Land Acknowledgement

ODC is on the ancestral lands of the Ramaytush People in Yelamu. We pay respects to elders past and present, who are still here and part of our community. We recognize that regenerative land management is not new, but is a continuation of practices from Native cultures and from our own ancestors. It is our responsibility to steward the land with care, as our elders did before us.