"Julie Potter created thought-provoking programming that brought leading artists to San Francisco and showcased some of the Bay Area’s intriguing talents... it was a season of must-sees."
–San Francisco Chronicle on ODC Theater's 2018 Season
- A Note from Julie Potter | Director, ODC Theater
At ODC Theater, we’re in the practice of dreaming the culture forward with artists. Of modeling new ways of being together, and becoming responsible to what we see and hear collectively. Here we consider the promises, risks, and urgencies of assembly at this moment, and how gathering at the theater shapes economies of time, attention, and experience, with the possibility of becoming more meaningfully connected.
As a crossroads for local and visiting dance artists, ODC Theater serves as a site of generative vibrancy for performance. The 2019 theater season proposes imaginative worlds and strategies for our times: rituals for navigating uncertainty, perspectives on labor and dignity, embodied song for healing and undoing habits, and dance as a way of knowing.
Onstage you’ll see new work by Katie Faulkner and Risa Jaroslow, as well as projects by Adia Whitaker and Tere O’Connor. Theater Unplugged brings you into the process of Larry Arrington. And this summer, the annual Walking Distance Dance Festival features West Coast choreographers including d. Sabela Grimes, Kinetech Arts, Barak Marshall, Mary Armentrout, and our flagship company, ODC/Dance.
Additionally central to ODC Theater’s mission is a commitment to supporting the artists we grow. In 2017 we welcomed new resident artists who will have a creative home on this dance campus for three years to evolve their craft, provoke the community, and bring new performance work to life. I hope you’ll meet these artists both on and offstage in the coming months: Larry Arrington, Antoine Hunter, Daiane Lopes da Silva and Weidong Yang of Kinetech Arts, and Lauren Simpson.
Finally, we are dedicated to the public and think of our time together as a collaboration. The ODC Theater Institute is a series of shared practice sessions with select visiting artists, offering opportunities to learn creative tools and techniques. ODC Theater is also excited to be part of a special partnership with Hope Mohr Dance’s The Bridge Project, the Merce Cunningham Trust and SFMOMA’s Open Space for Bay Area Artists Respond to Merce at 100 this fall.
Please join us to cultivate ODC Theater as a shared enterprise of awareness, respectful negotiation and creative discovery. Help us make the physical and tangible exchanges at this site potent with celebration, thought, curiosity, improvisation, deliberation, care, and, of course, dance.
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- ODC/Dance Unplugged Path of Miracles | February 1, 7 PM
ODC/Dance Unplugged Path of Miracles
February 1, 7PM | ODC Theater
ODC/Dance Unplugged is a recurring platform offering a rare and candid look into the creative process of ODC's choreographers. Delve into the specifics, question the process, and learn something new during these exclusive evenings with ODC's creative force.
In this edition of ODC/Dance Unplugged, a recurring platform offering a rare and candid look into the creative process, we explore how a choreographer conceives of and directs singers in collaboration with the dancers.
- Katie Faulkner's little seismic dance company Divining | February 14-16, 8 PM
Katie Faulkner's little seismic dance company Divining
February 14-16, 8 PM | ODC Theater
Divining examines the conditions of insecurity that compel us to develop ritualized methods for identifying signs, events, and omens -- to furtively assign meaning to current circumstances or imagined futures. Sometimes resulting in ecstatic and embodied states, divination gleans deep and secret knowledge through meditation or prayer; connections felt to the past and to the future; and degrees of assurance from the belief that in the world there are answers. Through a minimal aesthetic, Divining - the first evening-length work by Katie Faulkner’s little seismic dance company -- centers the body above all else, resulting in an intensely physical work, featuring a quartet of extraordinary Bay Area dancers.
- Risa Jaroslow & Dancers As Your Service | February 21-23, 8 PM
Risa Jaroslow & Dancers As Your Service
February 21-23, 8 PM | ODC Theater
How do we serve? How are we served? Who serves whom, and where do the lines blur? Asking these questions led Risa Jaroslow & Dancers, vocalist/composer Amy X Neuburg, and guest performers to create At Your Service. In this moment when greed and abuse dominate the news, Risa Jaroslow & Dancers look at ways in which we serve each other (or fail to do so) personally and professionally, with a focus on the underappreciated among us. At Your Service is dance, music, songs and stories that delight, edify, sometimes disturb, and ultimately help us see many of our fellow humans in a different light.
- Walking Distance Dance Festival | May 12-19
Walking Distance Dance Festival
The 2019 Walking Distance Dance Festival features West Coast choreographic voices from L.A. and the Bay in the heart of the San Francisco’s Mission District. This edition, with outdoor and roving performances, as well as dance presentations across ODC’s two-building campus, invites deep listening both within the body and across landscapes and public space.
- ODC/Dance Summer Sampler | July 26-27 and August 2-3, 8 PM
ODC/Dance Summer Sampler
July 26-27 and August 2-3, 8 PM | ODC Theater
Delight in the fervor of summer with a sampling of what ODC has to offer. From full company pieces to solos to collaborating choreographers, experience the breadth of ODC’s flagship company in their intimate home space.
- Theater Unplugged with Larry Arrington | August 29, 8 PM
Theater Unplugged with Larry Arrington
August 29, 8 PM | ODC Theater
ODC Theater Unplugged, is a recurring platform offering a rare and candid look into the creative process. This edition features a work in progress by ODC Theater Resident Artist Larry Arrington called No Quarter, a folk dance that looks at the shadow side and spiritual underpinnings of eurocentric cultural tenets through a long lens of time. Notions of gods branch from the residue of these tenets.
- Àse Dance Theater Collective Have K(NO!)w Fear: A Bluessical | October 17-19, 8 PM
Àse Dance Theater Collective Have K(NO!)w Fear: A Bluessical
October 17-19, 8 PM | ODC Theater
Have K(NO!)w Fear: A Bluessical is an undoing spell that wants to untie all the knots that choke the future. It’s a kinesthetic reimagining of ritual dance theater as an action of protest, prayer, and healing.
- Tere O'Connor Dance Long Run | November 14-16, 8 PM
Tere O'Connor Dance Long Run
November 14-16, 8 PM | ODC Theater
Long Run (2017) pushes the emotional content of O’Connor’s movement to new physical extremes, allowing time-based elements like polyrhythms, velocity, and duration to become major forces in the work, overtaking the eight performers as they struggle to bring their bodies into a state of calm.
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