SFDanceworks with Bryan Arias

SFDanceworks with Bryan Arias

Friday, August 2, 2024, 8:30pm 
Saturday, August 3, 2024, 8:00pm - ASL 

Risk Taker: 35 Minutes + 20 minute discussion
ODC Theater


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Bryan Arias’ The Broken Glass premiered during SFDanceworks’ 6th season (2023).  Delving into themes of resilience, fragility, and redemption, The Broken Glass offers audiences a profound exploration of the human condition. Through contemporary dance styles and abstract narratives, personal stories of family and roots are intricately woven. From the vibrant rhythms of Arias’ Puerto Rican heritage to the poignant journey of overcoming illness, each narrative thread adds depth and richness to the tapestry of the work.  

Following the work, Dana Genshaft (SFDanceworks), Chloë L. Zimberg (ODC), and Bryan Arias will engage in a moderated discussion by Julie Phelps (CounterPulse) addressing how this extension of The Broken Glass showcases the power of partnership.


About the artist

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Bryan Arias grew up and studied dance in New York City. He was a performer with the Netherlands Dance Theater (NDT) and Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot. Originating roles and performing in works by master choreographers including Kylián, Naharin, and Pite. As a choreographer, Arias created original works for internationally renowned companies such as NDT, Zurich Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, Bern Ballet, Ballet Theater Basel, Tanz Lucerne Theater, Leipzig Ballet, Hessisches Staatsballet, Nuremberg Ballet, Paul Taylor Company, Gibney, Scottish Ballet, among others. Arias is the recipient of the 2020 Der Faust Award, 2019 Jacob's Pillow Fellowship, and the 2017 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship. In 2015, Arias founded ARIAS Company,  a project based multidisciplinary company where he created evening length works which toured festivals globally.

SFDanceworks is a contemporary dance company, founded in 2016 and led by Dana Genshaft since 2021, that has presented one weekend of performances yearly. The mixed repertory format invests in new works by leading and emerging choreographers as well as presenting masterpieces that stand the test of time, providing a platform for local, national and international artistic exchange and an investment into the development of contemporary dance in California.

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This project is generously supported by CounterPulse, Dance Mission Theater, and Dance Training Center/SF. 


Additional wheelchair seating provided at all State of Play performances.

About the Theater

ODC Theater exists to empower and develop innovative artists. It participates in the creation of new works through commissioning, presenting, mentorship and space access; it develops informed, engaged and committed audiences; and advocates for the performing arts as an essential component to the economic and cultural development of our community. This 170-seat venue is the site of over 150 performances a year involving nearly 1,000 local, regional, national and international artists.

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