Thursday, October 1, 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.
On Thursday, October 1, randy reyes will be in conversation with Barry Brannum, María Regina Firmino-Castillo, margit galanter, maïa nunes, and tt owen who are all collaborators, colleagues, choreographers, artists, and dear friends. The starting point for this dialogue will be a series of solo works reyes has been developing in the Bay Area between 2018 - 2019 (death by disco, nothing ever stays white for too long, & la pastilla del dia despues) as well as conversations with these creators before and during the pandemic around their own relationships to shadow werq, strategies for thriving and for cultivating pleasure and joy, and how we have all been stepping into and preparing for the end and dissolution of the current world paradigm as we know it. randy reyes was slated to show new work in progress in fall 2020 as part of ODC Theater Unplugged.
reyes is also beginning to build out another series called Real Talks # 1 - 13 each taking about a year or so to develop that will focus on grief werq, Brown Boy Barrio realness, alternative approaches to structures of intimacy, subjectivities of the erotic, amongst other motifs, themes, and questions.
Real Talk # 1-2, Vectors of Adverse Desires will premiere as part of Hope Mohr Dance’s The Bridge Project (Oct. 2), the REDCAT New Original Works (NOW) Festival (Nov. 5-7), and finally in Montréal at Montréal Arts Interculturels (MAI) Taking Place Series (May 2021).
randy reyes (they/them) is a queer, AfroGuatemalan (with interrupted Mayan ancestry) choreographer, performance artist, and healer born in New Jersey (Lenape territory) and currently based in San Francisco (Ramaytush Ohlone, Yelamu territory).
reyes frames choreography as a process of excavation, as edging and incremental gesture, task as meditation; they activate their work using psychosomatic state werq, Qi energetics, contemporary dance, club dancing, textures of stickiness, and structures of improvisation. They love getting messy by conjuring choreographic rituals and casting spells within quotidian, natural, subliminal, and imaginary landscapes. Their performances open portals for divine and erotic intervention and becomes a bridge towards communing with their ancestral lineage whilst interrogating and shifting patterns of intergenerational trauma. randy is envisioning club spaces as sites of generative dissonance and asks, “Are we celebrating or mourning or both? How do we prepare for the not yet seen?”
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.
Image by Williams College Photography
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