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ODC’s Summer Dance Sampler

ODC founders Brenda Way and KT Nelson will answer all your questions this weekend. Sticking to queries about modern dance may be advisable, but do feel free to test their knowledge on astrophysics and ancient Chinese philosophy if the mood strikes. An intimate one-hour performance of ODC’s greatest hits will be fueled by wine and food and a conversation with the mavens behind one of our best local dance companies. 

Dance and Performance Art for Your Calendar: ODC, CounterPULSE, and Ethnic Dance Fest

Kick off the summer with a dose of high art. ODC and CounterPULSE offer premieres of edgy works while the 33rd Ethnic Dance Festival brings worldly culture back to the Bay Area for its annual series.

June 3-5: Suicide Barrier: Secure in our Illusion
Butoh master and multimedia artist Ledoh teams up with video artist Perry Hallinan to contemplate the contemporary "age of anxiety" and "collective safety" in the world we live in today. Sound heady? It is. But here's the kicker: the piece takes its title from newly added wall and net on the Golden Gate Bridge (designed to catch bridge jumpers), meaning it will be nothing short of powerful movement and imagery.
$15-$18; ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., odctheater.org

ODC’s Anniversary: Celebrating 4 Decades of High Energy, Take-No-Prisoners Dance

If you’re under 35, lived in the Bay Area, and your parents were culturally inclined, you probably grew up watching ODC dancers spring across the stage. (Yes, I'm talking about me here. Hello, Velveteen Rabbit.) One of the most highly respected dance institutions around, ODC is known for intricate choreography, impressive athleticism, and a knack for portraying the full range of human emotion. And now the company is turning 40.

ODC Kicks Off its Season with Kunst-Stoff & LEVYdance

Two experimental dance companies open the inaugural season at ODC's freshly-renovated digs with a program that takes the traditional and contemporary and shakes it like James Bond’s martini.

If you’ve ever cursed your lizard brain, Our Body Remembers investigates those primal caveman tendencies - genetic intelligence passed down from ancestors that seeps into our modern lives. Like the fully rational, if not entirely relevant, fear of saber tooth tigers. LEVYdance uses ethnic Persian dance to explore visceral responses that may or may not impact our daily lives and choices.
 

JumpstART: A Free Day of Dance, Theater, and Performance at ODC Theater

How's this for a cool gig? ODC is throwing a housewarming party to celebrate its brand-spanking-new community performance space in the Mission. But unlike most housewarmings, you'll be the one getting the gift. 

Haven't yet had the chance to witness Joe Goode's masterful choreography? Always been dying to see a skit by Killing My Lobster? Secretly want to get in on the madness of a Youth Speaks poetry slam? Curious about playwright/director Mark Jackson's work and Lily Kharrazi's world music? This Saturday is your chance to tap into the arts for free.

ODC's Architecture of Light

If you had a brand-new 20 million dollar arts center, wouldn’t you want to use every last inch? Choreographer and ODC maven Brenda Way’s latest contribution to the dance world is Architecture of Light, designed to send twenty-six dancers (ODC’s original ten and sixteen guests) swirling through the elegant renovation under the flaming light of installations by acclaimed visual artist Elaine Buckholtz.

ODC's Summer Dance Sampler

If you’re feeling the overwhelming urge to feast your eyes on modern dance and your teeth on bites of salmon (um, no promises on the salmon, the press release didn’t include a menu), head to the Mission for tapas, ODC-style.

 

ODC's 39th Season: A Guide to Elegance and Labor of Love

Dancers soaring across stage in their underwear are never to be missed. Especially when the women strip the men down to the barest of skivvies and redress them in haute couture created on the spot with masking tape, butcher paper, and tissue. Inspired by a manual on correct female conduct written in 1963, the world premiere of A Guide To Elegance features dancers moving to the sounds of Pamela Z's original score and a voiceover intoning the themes of the manual.

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