State of Play

State of Play

State of Play invites you to join the creative process, presenting premieres and works in progress by dance artists from the Bay Area and across the US who push the limits of experimentation, risk, and curiosity. Bringing audiences and artists closer together, State of Play centers the art of art-making and its constant: play.


Get Festival Passes

Purchase a festival pass and save! By purchasing a Day or Festival Pass, you're not only gaining access to a world of unforgettable, cutting-edge performance art, you are also becoming a vital supporter of the Bay Area's creative ecosystem. Your heroic enthusiasm for live dance not only ensures the sustainability of our programming, it fuels creative lives through the exemplary belief in the power of art-making. Festival Passes are available until sold out.

Day Passes
Redeem 1 ticket to every activity for one day of State of Play. Day Passes purchased for Saturday August 3, 2024 include entry into ODC Theater’s Revelry! Party.

Festival Passes
Redeem 1 ticket to each artist's show during State of Play as well as entry into ODC Theater’s Revelry! Party on Saturday, August 3, 2024.


State of Play Festival: Experimentation. Risk. Curiosity. 

RISK-TAKERS // Evening Length Performances
Paufve Dance
SFDanceworks with Bryan Arias

CURIOUS CREATORS // Short Form Performances
David Harvey and Babatunji
Audrey Johnson
hadar ahuvia
Guillermo Gómez-Peña & La Pocha Nostra

EXPERIMENTERS // Works In Progress
Brenton Cheng
Sierra Serban
Brianna Torres

State of Play Performance Schedule

Thursday, August 1, 2024
6:00pm: Curious Creator - David Harvey and Babatunji
7:00pm: Curious Creator - Audrey Johnson
8:00pm: Risk-Taker - Paufve Dance

Friday, August 2, 2024
5:00pm: Experimenter - Brianna Torres
6:00pm: Curious Creator - Guillermo Gómez-Peña & La Pocha Nostra
7:00pm: Risk Taker - Paufve Dance
8:30pm: Risk Taker - SFDanceworks with Bryan Arias

Saturday, August 3, 2024
4:00pm: Curious Creator - hadar ahuvia
5:00pm: Risk Taker - PEILING KAO DANCES
6:00pm: Experimenter -  Brenton Cheng
7:00pm: Curious Creator - David Harvey and Babatunji
8:00pm: Risk Taker - SFDanceworks with Bryan Arias
9:00pm: Revelry

Sunday, August 4, 2024
4:00pm: Curious Creator - Audrey Johnson
5:00pm: Curious Creator - Guillermo Gómez-Peña & La Pocha Nostra
6:00pm: Experimenter - Sierra Serban
7:00pm: Curious Creator - hadar ahuvia
8:00pm: Risk Taker - PEILING KAO DANCES

ODC Theater is proud to co-present the State of Play festival with CounterPulse. CounterPulse has generously contributed rehearsal space, housing, outreach, hospitality, and programmatic support. We believe that it is through deep collaboration and partnership that we can strengthen our Bay Area performing arts communities. We invite you to join the CounterPulse team for discussions, performance, and mixer opportunities throughout the festival. 


July 29 - 31, 2024

Dance your way through State of Play!

The State of Play Workshop is a three-day dance and movement-based workshop featuring a selection of artists from ODC Theater’s State of Play festival. Festival goers attending the workshop will have the opportunity to learn from a selection of regional and national choreographers and curators in technical, somatic, and performance-based sessions. Each morning will begin with technique and somatic sessions, followed by varying afternoon content, with each instructor guiding students through a distinct process of play. The State of Play workshop is geared towards professional dancers, though all movers are welcomed and encouraged to join at their own pace. Enjoy sessions with Randee Paufve, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Brenton Cheng, Brianna Torres, Audrey Johnson, Maurya Kerr, and more!




Thank you to our Community Partners


Accessibility at ODC

ODC is ADA Accessible. Additional wheelchair seating is provided for select shows. Getting to second floor studios in the ODC Dance Commons and ODC Theater involves riding an elevator or climbing one flight of stairs. The majority of the ODC Annex is carpeted. ODC Theater and ODC Annex restrooms are All-Gender, and in the ODC Dance Commons, All-Gender restrooms are located on the second floor. 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.

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.

Arts Access Tickets

ODC offers a limited number of free and/or lower-cost Art Access tickets to every ODC presented performance. These additionally subsidized tickets, available on a first-come, first-serve basis, are reserved for those for whom price is a barrier.

ODC Theater
3153 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94110