2019 Walking Distance Dance Festival

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May 12 -19, 2019

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As a crossroads for local and visiting dance artists, ODC Theater serves as a site of generative vibrancy for performance on the West Coast. Now in its eighth year, the Walking Distance Dance Festival features dynamic choreographers based in San Francisco and Los Angeles: Mary Armentrout, Kinetech Arts, Barak Marshall, d. Sabela grimes and Kimi Okada. Make dance a habit in your life and get immersed during this year’s festival.

In addition to catching the work of these artists onstage, you can also take a class with them during the festival artist takeover of the Hotspot at ODC School. Consider the intersection of art and technology and build your own heart rate monitor with ODC Theater Resident Artist Kinetech Arts before their premiere based on human biorhythms. And enjoy the expansive nature of what dance can be as these works spill into a grassy park, a local guitar shop and into the speculative future.

Members will enjoy a special happy hour with the festival artists in addition to ticket discounts, and if you’re not already a member, this is a great time to join!

Please join us for this festival tradition in the heart of the Mission District potent with celebration, thought, curiosity, improvisation, deliberation, care, and, of course, dance!

Performances

  • Mary Armentrout Dance Theater, listening creates an opening

    ODC Theater Presents
    Mary Armentrout Dance Theater
    listening creates an opening
    May 12 - 14, 6:30 PM

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    At once a site-specific performance meditation and a technology/embodiment puzzle, listening creates an opening asks how we listen and what we hear. Leading in a listening state, from a Victorian storefront through the alleys and parks of ODC’s Mission neighborhood, into and out of the ODC Theater, to end looking out over the rooftops of the city at dusk, listening creates an opening poses the further question of what we do next – once we have started to hear?

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  • Kinetech Arts, Resonant Frequencies

    ODC Theater Presents
    Kinetech Arts
    Resonant Frequencies
    and
    USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance
    Monger by Barak Marshall

    May 16-17, 7 PM

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    Resonant Frequencies is an immersive performance with dance, poetry, and music. By collecting biometric data from dancers’ hearts using a low-cost heartbeat monitor that wirelessly transfers data to an online server in real time, Kinetech Arts strives to illuminate information on the essence of our beings, our need for intimacy, connection, trust, and our most current state as individuals and as a community.

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  • USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, Monger by Barak Marshall

    ODC Theater Presents
    Kinetech Arts
    Resonant Frequencies
    and
    USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance
    Monger by Barak Marshall

    May 16-17, 7 PM

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    Choreographed by Barak Marshall, the former house choreographer of the Batsheva Dance Company and one of Israel’s most celebrated dance artists, Monger tells the story of a group of servants trapped in the basement of the house of an abusive mistress. Combining elements of Gypsy, Balkan, with classical and rock music, this physical theater piece explores the dynamics of hierarchy, power, free will, and the compromises one makes in order to survive. Monger premiered in 2008 at the Suzanne Dellal Centre and opened the 2008 International Tel Aviv Dance Festival.

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  • ODC/Dance, Canine Comfort

    ODC Theater Presents
    ODC/Dance
    Canine Comfort
    and
    d. Sabala grimes

    ELECTROGYNOUS

    May 18, 2 and 6:30 PM
    May 19, 6:30 PM

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    Choreographed by Kimi Okada, Associate Choreographer of ODC/Dance and Director of ODC School, Canine Comfort pays tribute to the things that offer solace - nature, family, friends, and the unconditional love from dogs. Developed as a site-specific piece, Canine Comfort features ODC/Dance and a team of dogs.

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  • d. Sabela grimes, ELECTROGYNOUS

    ODC Theater Presents
    ODC/Dance
    Canine Comfort
    and
    d. Sabela grimes

    ELECTROGYNOUS

    May 18, 2 and 6:30 PM
    May 19, 6:30 PM

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    Through a synthesis of ancient AfroFuturistic soundscapes, video projection, and kinetic poetics, ELECTROGYNOUS circulates speculative realities that counter historically imposed notions of femininity and masculinity. Imagining the inclusion of liberated Black bodies at the center of the work’s “now,” ELECTROGYNOUSrenders a dynamic testament to the multiple worlds that Black people simultaneously inhabit.

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All ticket sales are final. Performances, dancers, and guest artists subject to change.