Thursday, September 24, 6:00 PM PDT
ODC Theater is proud to present This is Also the Art, featuring artists originally scheduled to be produced in ODC Theater’s 2020 season. Join us on Thursdays this fall to see content from the works at variable stages, to hear how artists and their collaborators enliven the works in the liminal times and spaces between performances, and to ask your questions about the continued existence of the pieces offstage.
I had long worried that I was incapable of having a profound experience of art and I had trouble believing that anyone had, at least anyone I knew. I was intensely suspicious of people who claimed a poem or painting or piece of music 'changed their life,' especially since I had often known these people before and after their experience and could register no change. -Ben Lerner, from Leaving the Atocha Station
On Thursday, September 24, join artists Christian Burns, Hope Mohr, and Wiley Naman Strasser for an intimate conversation about the making of Leaving the Atocha Station, a work of experimental dance theater inspired by the Ben Lerner novel of the same name. In Lerner's postmodern novel about an artist's search for authenticity, the white protagonist poet, crippled by irony and doubt, longs to disappear into numbness. But he secretly believes in the power of art.
This performance takes the genre-breaking nature of Lerner's auto-fiction as a jumping off point for hybrid theater: part dance improvisation, part monologue, part hallucinatory testimonial for the role of art in precarious times. The two veteran performers, Christian Burns and Wiley Naman Strasser, each embody a different aspect of the protagonist's conflicted self. In this screening and virtual salon, all three artists will talk about the process of using a novel as source material for performance; digging deep into the relationship between movement and language; and accessing authentic feeling through a work that's about avoiding it. Leaving the Atocha Station premiered in the Bay Area January 24-27, 2019 at Southern Exposure and was slated for performance in ODC Theater’s 2020 Walking Distance Dance Festival.
The mission of HMD is to create, present, and foster outstanding art at the intersection of the body and the brain. Artistic Director Hope Mohr is a choreographer, curator, and writer. She trained at S.F. Ballet School and on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown Studios in New York City. She performed in the companies of dance pioneers Lucinda Childs and Trisha Brown. Mohr makes work that “conveys emotional and socio-political contents that just ride underneath the surface of a rigorous vocabulary.” (Dance View Times). Her “insistently inventive” choreography (East Bay Express) brings dance in dialogue with other disciplines such as visual art and literature. She was named to the YBCA 100 in 2015 and was a 2016 Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2014, Dance Magazine editor-in-chief Wendy Perron named Mohr as one of the “women leaders” in the dance field.
Kolsch, Hefeweizen, and Hazy Pale Ale from our neighbors at Standard Deviant to enjoy in your home while you tune in. They’ll be delivered to your door on Thursday, September 24 between 1-4pm in advance of the event.
$3 from every delivery goes back to supporting This is Also the Art at ODC Theater.
Image by Jacob Marks
All ticket sales are final. Performances, dancers, and guest artists subject to change.