ODC Theater announces its program for 2013, featuring artists committed to expanding the experience of contemporary performance.
The 2013 season opens in April with the Bay Area premiere of Sheetal Gandhi's solo tour de force, Bahu-Beti-Biwi, a work of dance theater located at the intersection of traditional Indian and contemporary Western cultures. Gandhi mines her own life to tell powerful stories about what it means to be a young Indian American woman today.
In late spring ODC Theater's fringe-style festival of dance, the Walking Distance Dance Festival-SF, returns to offer audiences a taste of the work of seven different dance artists from around the U.S. Brian Brooks and Scott Wells both share an enthusiasm for competitive sports and parkour, yet each interprets and integrates the disparate movements into a theatrical display in ways which are unique to his own choreographic vision. In KT Nelson's Cut-Out Guy ODC/Dance also takes on the topics of competition and masculinity but from a female choreographer's perspective.
Street dance is another source of inspiration for many artists working today, and Nicole Klaymoon's Embodiment Project, based in the Bay Area,has earned praise for its high-energy and heartfelt brand of urban storytelling, marrying movement, music, and spoken word. Los Angeles-based artists, Casebolt & Smith employ a performance vocabulary that draws on spoken word and song, as well. For the Festival they put these tools in the service of a meta-theatrical goal, parodying many well-worn conventions of contemporary performance.
Rachael Lincoln & Leslie Seiters are another duo participating in the Festival. Their performance style is most indebted to a shared background in contemporary as well as aerial dance. ODC Theater will present the world premiere of their newest work, People Like You. Rounding out the Festival is Kate Weare & Company from New York. ODC Theater will present the West Coast premiere of Garden, Weare's acclaimed piece for four dancers inspired by the story of Adam and Eve.
In the fall, ODC Theater will present two additional companies. BodyTraffic is a repertory dance company based in Los Angeles. They will perform three Bay Area premieres: a work by hip hop-infused, modern dance classicist Kyle Abraham; Israeli dance maker Barak Marshall's And at midnight, the green bride floated through the village square...; and Richard Siegel's exuberant homage to American jazz standards, o2Joy.
The year concludes with the world premiere of Rosanna Gamson/World Wide's Layla Means Night inspired by the story of Scheherazade. This larger-than-life performance will spill out of the B'Way Theater to occupy all three floors at ODC Theater. Layla Means Night aspires to immerse the audience in a new kind of experience, one which is at once dance, theater, art installation, and cultural exchange.
"At the end of my first curatorial season at ODC," says Theater Director Christy Bolingbroke, "I want to have given audiences a range of experiences in dance and theater that illuminate not only the entertaining, but the transformative power of live performance. These contemporary artists were selected for their clear and compelling authorship, and because in creating their work they use what they know to trigger the imagination of audiences."
Apr. 19 - 21, 2013 | Sheetal Gandhi, Bahu-Beti-Biwi
Bahu-Beti-Biwi -- the title translates as Daughter-in-law, Daughter, Wife -- is a dance-theater solo that wraps North Indian music and female archetypes into a contemporary performance that glides between humorous portraiture and active resistance. Sheetal Gandhi's career has taken her from Cirque du Soleil's Dralion to a leading role in the Broadway production of Bombay Dreams. In Bahu-Beti-Biwi she demonstrates her talent as a director and choreographer. Using a hybrid movement vocabulary influenced by Kathak, Modern, and West African dance, in addition to singing and theatrical staging, Gandhi presents a powerful commentary on the social world in which we live. "There was not a single wasted gesture or sound. Gandhi's portrayal of these two worlds -- traditional Indian culture and contemporary Western culture -- illustrates both their differences and similarities" (Exploredance.com).
May 31 - June 1, 2013 | WALKING DISTANCE DANCE FESTIVAL-SF
The Walking Distance Dance Festival-SF is ODC Theater's annual fringe-style festival designed to offer audiences a sampling of the variety within today's national dance scene. This year's superb roster of artists includes Brian Brooks; Casebolt & Smith; Nicole Klaymoon'sEmbodiment Project; ODC/Dance; Rachael Lincoln & Leslie Seiters; Kate Weare & Company; and Scott Wells & Dancers.