• The Velveteen Rabbit The Velveteen Rabbit 1986

    For ODC’s 11 dancers & 6-10 local children

    Duration
    75 minutes
    Choreography
    KT Nelson
    Narration
    Geoff Hoyle
    Score
    Benjamin Britten
    Story
    Margery Williams

    "Once, there was a velveteen rabbit ... and in the beginning he was really splendid, fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be, and on Christmas morning the little boy loved him best of all."

    ODC/Dance brings Margery Williams' classic tale of a well-worn stuffed rabbit to life through music, dance, and a splendid narration by actor/comedian Geoff Hoyle. Brimming with wit, festive costumes, and endearingly madcap characters, this production incorporates eight local children, and is a holiday treat and evergreen classic.

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    "Delightful, imaginative, with something to offer both adults and children ... the choreography makes the story come alive." – NEW YORK TIMES
  • Triangulating Euclid Triangulating Euclid 2013

    For ODC’s 5 men, 5 women

    Duration
    29 min
    Choreography
    Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Kate Weare
    Commissioned score
    Various + Shubert
    Light + Scenic Design
    Matt Antaky
    Costumes
    Way + Lisa Claybaugh

    Way and Nelson team up with acclaimed New York-based choreographer Kate Weare in this unprecedented collaboration designed to shake up their creative process and explore new artistic territory. The inspiration for this work came from a rare original edition of Euclid's Elements, perhaps the most influential work in the history of mathematics. This highly physical, insightful, and emotive work moves from the formal elegance of geometry to its human implication: from triangles to threesome, from lines to connections, from the page to the heart.

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    “There’s a point-to-point logic to the piece that seems as irresistible and inevitable as those ancient mathematical theorems. The new work... flows, twirls and regroups with utter confidence.” – SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
  • boulders and bones boulders and bones 2014

    For ODC's 5 men, 5 women

    Duration
    1 hour
    Choreography
    Brenda Way, KT Nelson
    Concept
    Andy Goldsworthy
    Commissioned score
    Zoë Keating
    Visuals
    RJ Muna
    Light + Scenic Design
    Alexander V. Nichols

    Inspired by the work of visual artist Andy Goldsworthy and set to a commissioned score performed live by acclaimed avant cellist Zoë Keating, Way and Nelson's fearless choreography touches on transformation in both art and nature. RJ Muna's cinematic mise en scène, which traces the shifting light, changing landscape, and building process of Goldsworthy's installation, takes us through the chaos of creative process to the clarity of realization.

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    "boulders and bones dances along the edge of shifting light, gravity, and natural chaos. And, like Goldsworthy, ODC makes artistry appear entirely natural, leaving ample room for reflection” – SF WEEKLY
  • Dead Reckoning Dead Reckoning 2015

    For ODC's 5 men, 5 women

    Duration
    30 minute
    Choreography
    KT Nelson
    Commissioned score
    Joan Jeanrenaud
    Light + Scenic Design
    Matthew Antaky
    Costumes
    Liz Brent

    A sabbatical in Death Valley serves as the inspiration for KT Nelson's Dead Reckoning. Original music from celebrated Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaud underscores the story of how humanity has lost its way, and the impact that has on the surrounding natural forces. Dead Reckoning refers to navigating without the predictable reference points of stars, increasing the likelihood of accumulative error. Nelson says "Today at the rate of change in nature is unprecedented. How will we negotiate it? Are we in a time of dead reckoning?"

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    "a company classic" – SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
  • Going Solo Going Solo 2016

    For 1 man

    Duration
    12 minute
    Choreography
    KT Nelson & Brandon "Private" Freeman
    Video & Scenic Design
    Sara Horner & David Robertson
    Lighting Design
    David Robertson
    Sound Design
    Joan Jeanrenaud
    Music
    Joan Jeanrenaud & Max Richter

    Working with award-winning composer Joan Jeanrenaud, Nelson ventures into the dream life of the boy and the man in her formal exploration of the artistry and prowess of ODC/Dance virtuoso, Brandon "Private" Freeman

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    "...a superior pièce d’occasion" – SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
  • What we carry What we keep 2017

    For ODC's Dancers

    Duration
    30 minutes
    Choreography
    Brenda Way
    Light + Scenic Design
    Alexander V. Nichols

    Why do we hold on and how do we let go - of our stuff, our habits, our opinions, our relationships? What defines us in the end?

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  • Path of Miracles 2018

    For ODC's Dancers and Volti

    Duration
    1 hour
    Choreography
    KT Nelson
    Composer
    Joby Talbot
    Conductor
    Robert Geary
    Lighting Design
    David Robertson

    Path of Miracles is a site-specific performance experience created in collaboration with San Francisco’s outstanding 17-member vocal ensemble, Volti, singing a transcendent score by Joby Talbot. Path of Miracles explores our journey through space and time.

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    "The artists spoke fluently to one other, each in her own language." – San Francisco Chronicle
  • News of the World 2018

    For ODC's Dancers

    Duration
    1 hour
    Choreography
    Brenda Way
    Visuals
    Doug Argue
    Light + Scenic Design
    Alexander V. Nichols
    Music
    Holly Herndon, David Lang, Laurie Anderson

    A bracing artistic response to a turbulent world.

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    "News was charged from beginning to end, filled with messages of gender-based orchestration, control and manipulation." – Dance Tabs
  • Drinks & a Dance 2020



    ODC/Dance presents its iconic works paired specially with a local restaurant or bar. Starting with an interactive cocktail class, wine tasting, or historical context into food & beverage, we then witness an intimate conversation between the choreographers and collaborators. After gaining insights into the process of creation, ODC screens a high quality video of the work, immediately followed by Q&A with the artists. Featured artists have included Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Kimi Okada, Pamela Z, Zoë Keating, and Paul Dresher.

    The Recipe

    The Zoom Lobby

    5:15pm
    Your Zoom theater date begins with you and your friends in an informal, social chat with a mixologist, wine maker, or other expert leading you in the creation of the evening’s specialty drink. Your beverage of the evening can be ordered and delivered, or, if you live further afield and already have the ingredients, you will receive a recipe.

    5:45pm
    An intimate discussion of the work with the choreographer and special guest collaborators.

    Livestream Screening

    6:00pm
    Together, we’ll watch a screening of the evening’s ODC/Dance performance, followed by a virtual Q&A with the artists.

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    “ An experience like this comes close to watching a live show and the bonus of hearing from the creators of the piece themselves was wonderful and made me feel connected to an audience again.” — ODC PATRON, DRINKS & A DANCE: WALK BACK THE CAT
  • Image of company member Miche Wong in an orange dress floating among the McEvoy landscape with leaves surrounding her ODC/Dance Films 2020

    Duration
    25 min
    Choreography
    Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Kimi Okada
    Concept
    Brenda Way, Natalia Roberts
    Commissioned score
    Zoë Keating, Tchaikowsky, Marcelo Zarvos

    A triple-bill exploration of ODC/Dance films, featuring 2011’s Love on the Run, plus the public premiere of ODC’s Sleeping Beauty, and the public world premiere of Walk on Air (against your better judgement).

    Love on the Run (2011)
    A 5 minute short that takes to the streets of San Francisco to excavate everyday sources of contemporary choreography. Take the trip with us from forthright public perception to the delight of choreographic transformation.

    Walk on Air (against your better judgement) (2020)
    Public World Premiere

    A 15-minute film that realizes the imagination of a sequestered dancer, left with her longing, her memories and her imagination. Bodies may be constrained but minds are free to roam. In Walk on Air - from a poem by Seamus Heaney - we take you into nature and the uplifting vision of being together, dancing together, again.
     
    Sleeping Beauty (2020)
    Public World Premiere

    A 4 minute short created in the suspended reality of Shelter in Place. Set to Tchaikowsky’s atmospheric Sleeping Beauty Waltz and Narrated by artistic director Brenda Way, we consider the musings of a profession in suspension. "So let the dance company lay in wait, like the fairy tale beauty. Asleep but not gone, dormant but not defeated. Awaiting a kiss of renewal.”

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    "We take you into nature and the uplifting vision of being together, dancing together, again"
  • The Velveteen Rabbit On-Demand 2020

    Duration
    75 minutes
    Choreography
    KT Nelson
    Narration
    Geoff Hoyle
    Score
    Benjamin Britten
    Story
    Margery Williams

    "Once, there was a velveteen rabbit ... and in the beginning he was really splendid, fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be, and on Christmas morning the little boy loved him best of all."

    Brimming with wit, festive costumes, madcap characters and the perfect amount of holiday cheer, ODC/Dance, one of America’s most exciting and acclaimed contemporary dance companies, brings a new, interactive, and special digital presentation of The Velveteen Rabbit.

    Make a memorable holiday season with your family and friends. Laugh, dance, sing, and experience The Velveteen Rabbit with never-before-seen “Dance Break!” videos. Get moving and dance along with your favorite characters with activities like the “Toy Slide,” “Bunny Beat,” and “Croc Bop.”

     

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    "Delightful, imaginative, with something to offer both adults and children ... the choreography makes the story come alive." – NEW YORK TIMES
  • ODC Outreach 2020

    ODC/Dance offers live site specific composition classes taught by ODC Choreographers. Additionally, if you would like ODC's Artistic Leadership to join your podcast or other broadcast events for insight into ODC and the work, we would love to hear from you.

    Cathy Pruzan
    Booking Agent
    (415) 789-5051
    cathy@odc.dance

    Joseph Copley
    Associate Director of Artistic Planning
    (415) 549-8515
    joseph@odc.dance

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