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

     

    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?

     

  • 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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Events

  • Measuring Heartbeat with DIY IOT devices

    Wednesday, May 15 at 6 PM
    ODC Theater Lobby

    This workshop will guide you through the process of building a DIY heartbeat measuring device using Arduino compatible IOT devices ESP8266, and streaming data wirelessly to a computer for logging also as a part of installation and performance. Please bring a Mac or PC, ideally install Arduino IDE before the workshop. It's OK if you have limited coding experience. This workshop will give you resources on where to start should you want to learn more later. 

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  • Hot Spot Class with Kinetech Arts

    Hot Spot with Kinetech Arts
    Wednesday, May 15
    10 - 11:30 AM

    Drop-ins welcome. ODC class cards accepted, or pay the $18 drop-in fee per class.

    The ODC School invites guest artists to come teach Int/Adv classes in the Hot Spot on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Keep an eye out for who's coming to the Dance!

    Daiane Lopes da Silva is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and artistic director of Kinetech Arts. Since 2013, she has created nine full evening-length performances. Her work has been performed in Brazil, France, Belgium, Greece and the U.S. She has received support from Zellerbach Family Foundation, CA$H Grant, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Daiane was a resident artist at SAFEhouse arts, CounterPulse and Headlands Center for the Arts, and is currently in residency at ODC Theatre and Djerassi Resident Artists Program until 2021. She is on faculty at Alonzo King Lines Ballet Dance Center and Western Ballet. In the Bay Area, Daiane had the pleasure of performing with KUNST-STOFF Dance Company, Labayen Dance, Little Seismic Dance Company, Robert Moses Kin, among others. She has received full scholarships to study at Escola Municipal de Bailados de Sao Paulo, Brazil and at P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios), directed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in Brussels. Daiane graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, Alpha Beta Kappa, from SFSU. 

  • Hot Spot Class with d. Sabela grimes

    Hot Spot with d. Sabela grimes
    Friday, May 17
    10 - 11:30 AM

    Drop-ins welcome. ODC class cards accepted, or pay a $18 drop in fee per class.

    The ODC School invites guest artists to come teach Int/Adv classes in the Hot Spot on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Keep an eye out for whoís coming to the Dance!

    d. Sabela grimes, 2017 County of Los Angeles Performing Arts Fellow and 2014 United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow, is a trans-media storyteller, sonic ARKivist, movement composer cultivating a devoted interest in Afrobiquitous life practices.  Sabela has conceived, written, scored, choreographed and produced several dance theater works including BulletProof Deli, plus Philly XPWorld War WhatEver, and 40 Acres & A Microchip: Salvation or Servitude from his EXPERIMENT EARTH sound-movement triptych. Recent creative projects include, ELECTROGYNOUS (2017) and Dark Matter Messages (2018). ELECTROGYNOUS is a dance theater experience which articulates that Black gender qualities are infinite, multi-dimensional and distinct manifestations of wombniversal consciousness.  Moved by how Octavia E. Butler invents interrelated notions of humanness+otherness in her Parable Series, Dark Matter Messages dreams Butler's unfinished manuscript, Parable of the Trickster, into an experience that realizes quantum Blackness as a means to play within the nowness of imminent futures. On faculty at USC's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, he continues to cultivate, Funkamental MediKinetics, a movement system he created that focuses on the methodical dance training and community building elements evident in Hip Hop, Black vernacular and Street dance forms. Sabela loves

  • Hot Spot:Canine Dance Class! with Kimi Okada

    Monday, May 13
    10:30-11:30 AM

    Drop-ins welcome. ODC class cards accepted, or pay a $18 drop in fee per class.

    The ODC School invites guest artists to come teach Int/Adv classes in the Hot Spot on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Keep an eye out for who's coming to the Dance!

    Ever wanted to move to music with your dog? Kimi Okada, ODC Associate Choreographer/School Director will be leading a special class for dogs and their owners. Owners do NOT have to be dancers. The class will take dogs and their owners through simple walking (and some limited running) patterns with all dogs on leash. This class is a preview for ODC's Walking Distance Dance Festival performances on May 18/19 featuring the ODC company and a canine team of 11 dogs in Canine Comfort.

    Dogs must be on a leash the entire class, and able to heel, sit, and lie down on command. They must be well behaved with other dogs and people in the room. Treat motivation is fine. Continuous barkers not suitable. Space is limited, it is highly recommended to pre-register for the class!

    When do you ever get the chance to move with your dog in a dance class?!  This will be fun!

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

  • Get Immersed in the Walking Distance Dance Festival play
    In this short video, ODC Theater Director Julie Potter shares insight on the artists and performances
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    So why a festival?