BREAK A LEG AND DANCE! A Weekend of Dance - ODC

It might rain this weekend, so you may wanna break a leg and dance! ODC Theater is doing it with a whole gamut of contemporary dancers, who we aren't really too familiar with yet, but you might know them, and we are eager to see them perform and learn as ODC is curating its second annual Walking Dance Festival-SF.

Get cultured by experiencing what is going on in contemporary dance. ODC (Oberlin Dance Collective) is an amazing organization, right in the heart of the Mission, that supports dance & performance by commissioning, providing space, mentoring, and promoting artists and works. So even just supporting their cause makes the festival at the end of this month worth a visit.

Below is a detailed overview of the festival and all its performances:

WHEN | Friday, May 31st through Saturday, June 1st, 2013

WHERE | ODC Theater, 3153 Seventeenth Street, San Francisco

$50/Festival Pass
$75/Season Subscription

PROGRAM A | Friday, May 31, 2013 | 7 - 9pm

With over a decade of creating and performing together, RACHAEL LINCOLN and LESLIE SEITERS mine the format of the duet to reveal the fluidity of identity as it morphs in relation to different people and experiences. Their examination of the artifice of personality culminates in the Festival's world premiere of People Like You.

Following in the footsteps of Triangulating Euclid, KATE WEARE's recent collaboration with ODC/Dance, the choreographer returns to San Francisco with her company to perform a trio and a duet showcasing her trademark combination of formal rigor and visceral, emotional interpretation. In the West Coast premiere of The Light Has Not Arms to Carry Us the company delves into the realms of abasement, wariness, sensuality, and tenderness through formal movement exploration, rhythmic play against the sound, and the incisive use of space etched by light. The company also performs Drop Down, winner of New York's 2007 The A.W.A.R.D. Show, a tantalizing duet investigating how a man and a woman negotiate proximity and erotic power using the mechanics of tango, with its revolving central axis, knife-like leg action, and quick-changing rhythms. "Kate Weare creates terrifically satisfying dance phrases. And her fine company...brings these steps to full, luscious life" (The New York Times).

PROGRAM B | Saturday, June 1, 2013 | 4 - 6pm

CASEBOLT AND SMITH is the duo of Liz Casebolt and Joel Smith, based in Los Angeles since 2006. For WDDF-SF they will perform excerpts of O(h), a fast-paced, irreverent, and intricately layered exploration of their own limitations as artists. They speak directly to the audience, sing while dancing, and layer their performance with pop culture references, creating a theatrical work that demonstrates what they can, can't - and won't - do as dancers. Casebolt & Smith "gently serve up...our most cherished and problematic ideas about contemporary performance, male-female relationships and creative collaboration, then graciously and hilariously debunk them" (MinnPost).

NICOLE KLAYMOON'S EMBODIMENT PROJECT is a multi-disciplinary performance company that weaves together various street dance styles, modern dance, theater, spoken word, and live music.For WDDF-SFthe company will perform an abridged version of House of Matter, a work which explores the metaphor of the house as a place of belonging: the house of the body, family, community and - finally uniting all people - the house of the Earth itself.

PROGRAM C | Saturday, June 1, 2013 | 7 - 9pm

New York-based artist and 2013 Guggenheim Fellow BRIAN BROOKS performs the West Coast premiere of an athletic solo titled I'm Going to Explode exploring the tension of working within confined spaces and the relief of breaking out of them. Blending formal dance techniques, competitive sport maneuvers, parkour, and street dance, Brooks presents a controlled, yet powerful male presence on stage.

ODC's celebrated flagship dance company, ODC/DANCE, will perform KT Nelson's Cut-Out Guy, a work for five dancers exploring the fierceness and fragility of men. Winner of an Isadora Duncan award for "Outstanding Achievement in Choreography", Cut-Out Guy is set to original music by Ben Frost, an Australian musician and composer now based in Reykjavik, Iceland, perhaps best known for his "building-shaking" experiments in electronic music.

In Parkour Deux San Francisco-based artist SCOTT WELLS translates the parkour milieu into a theatrical display with his full company's trademark humor and high-flying acrobatics. Wells is a current artist in residence at ODC Theater, and with over thirty years of experience, a leader in the field of contact improvisation. Boxing, skateboarding, not to mention the "urban ninjary" known as parkour, are all fodder for his inspiration. "Wells and his dancers expose a surprising array of what is possible for the range of human movement" (Flavorpill).

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