Performance Curation

Why dance? At ODC Theater we return to this question everyday. And the reasons reveal themselves through the perspectives and work of the artists in our midst.

Emerging from considerations of humor and criticality, creative habitats, grand gestures and the consequences of care, the 2018 season is full of new contemporary performance work and an invitation to direct your time and attention, consider channels for resilience and regeneration, and be with the beauty, difficulty, ambiguity and contradiction embedded in art.

The 2018 theater season features premieres by dynamic performance makers from across the country: Cori Olinghouse, Catherine Galasso, Sara Shelton Mann and Bobbi Jene Smith. Our annual May festival gathers such dance artists as Yara Travieso, Byb Chanel Bibene, Belinda McGuire, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, with collaborators across disciplines. Theater Unplugged brings you into the process of Katie Faulkner’s new work, and Summer Sampler features flagship company, ODC/Dance.

Additionally, central to the ODC Theater’s mission is a commitment to supporting the artists we grow. Our resident artists, Gerald Casel, Nicole Klaymoon, Maurya Kerr and Lisa Wymore/Sheldon Smith, work longitudinally over the course of three years to evolve their craft, provoke the community and bring new performance work to life. 2018 marks the conclusion of this cohort’s ODC Theater residency, with three of these choreographers premiering commissions in June.

We are also dedicated to our publics at this dance-led creative center. Here for each other, we do this work in relationship. ODC Theater is excited to be part of Limited Edition: Forward Looking Lineages, a special partnership dedicated to performance in San Francisco during the beginning of 2018, initiated by Open Space, SFMOMA's contemporary arts and culture platform, along with CounterPulse, The Lab, Performance at SFMOMA, and Z Space.

At ODC Theater, you can see dance just about every week of the year. Coming together at the theater we can imagine new possibilities, be engaged and challenged, and celebrate along the way. Join us to cultivate this potent space for expressions of the body, connection, and reflection. And please do make dance a habit.

Download the 2018 ODC Theater Season Brochure here.

 

Projects

 

ConVerge: Unproductive Time, A Party With Rules

 SALTA's party with rules, december 18, 2014. photo by tommy lau.

SALTA's party with rules, december 18, 2014. photo by tommy lau.

In a city of innovations, iterations, and makers, this ConVerge mines that which is on the other side of productivity. Featuring SALTA hosting A Party with Rules, Artists Respond to Art: Performative Gallery Tours by Mica Sigourney, Rachael Dichter, and Philip Huang, and live performance by Con Brio. Join us to get a taste of YBCA:You with live art, free drinks and Bi-Rite catering for all to celebrate the winter season and the end of 2014.

 

2017 ODC Theater Season

 photo by andrew weeks

photo by andrew weeks

At ODC Theater we’re always moving, with hundreds of artists in our midst each year. This season, ODC Theater traces shifting perspectives, as artists push us to think and feel more, and differently, through dance encounters, vibrant dialogue, and opportunities for connection.

To be curious is to be unsure that one knows, a little empty and eager to learn. So whether you’re a dancer, designer, doodler, or daydreamer, we invite you to renew your perspective by opening yourself to art. How do we consider the spaces we inhabit? The places where we meet? How can live gathering develop our capacity for human kindness?

The 2017 theater season features work by dynamic artists from across the country: David Gordon and Kate Weare, as well as projects generated by local companies RAWdance and Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts. We are also excited to present the Walking Distance Dance Festival composed entirely of West Coast premieres by Bay Area artists: FACT/SF, The Foundry, Fauxnique and tinypistol. Summer Sampler features ODC/Dance and Theater Unplugged engages the process of Epiphany Productions.

ODC Theater is invested in expressions of the body and cultural discourse. The body, unfixed, lends itself to a spirit of inquiry and possibility. Additionally, central to the ODC Theater’s mission is a commitment to artists. Our resident artists, Gerald Casel, Nicole Klaymoon, Maurya Kerr, and Lisa Wymore, work longitudinally over the course of three years to evolve their craft, provoke the community, and bring new performance work to life.

We are also dedicated to our publics at this dance-led creative center. We are a host site for Civic Dinners, a national project asking big questions that invite personal reflection, storytelling, and action. Lobby exhibitions curated in partnership with artists performing at the theater provide a space for amplification and socializing. And for an illuminating look at process behind the scenes, check out ODC Dance Stories by ODC’s Writer in Residence, Marie Tollon.

Finally, I’m thrilled to begin the 2017 season as my first at ODC Theater and to cultivate ways to look, to give attention, to be in community, and to make meaning. This year at ODC, I hope you enjoy potent experiences of dance and exchange. Please join us to nurture that which is vital and embedded in this live art!

ConVerge: An Evening of Word/Play

 hope mohr dance at ybca in "ridetherhythm", december 19, 2013. photo by tommy lau.

hope mohr dance at ybca in "ridetherhythm", december 19, 2013. photo by tommy lau.

This YBCA:You-hosted ConVerge features an evening of wordplay with Hope Mohr Dance, Megan Brian, and San Francisco writer and comic Joe Veix. Double meanings make for witty amusement and miscommunication, whether spoken, written, texted, or sung. As words fall differently on different ears, this evening of art and words mines the effort, surprise, and failure of communication. At 6 PM, YBCA:You will offer a free 30-minute Art Savvy tour. At 6:30 PM we'll reveal the YBCA:You lounge and Hope Mohr Dance performs in the lobby followed by Words on Word/Play, a conversation with Megan Brian. ConVerge will feature free drinks and Bi-Rite catering for all to celebrate the winter season and the end of 2013.

 

Dance Discourse Project #13 | Dancing in the Museum

 Monique jenkinson at the deyoung museum

Monique jenkinson at the deyoung museum

WHEN YOU LOOK at a white-walled cube or empty courtyard, do you see a performance space? If you knew the history of every hundred- or thousand-year-old painting, sculpture, and anthropological record in a museum, would you envision bodies in motion, following their own energetic impulses and trajectories, among them? This September, Dance Discourse Project #13, co-produced by Dancers’ Group and CounterPULSE, will address dance in museums in a program at the de Young Museum...