2017 Walking Distance Dance Festival

FESTIVAL PASS | $50 for both weekends
WEEK 1 TICKET | $30 to see The Foundry and FACT/SF. Choose a 6:00pm or 8:00pm start time 
WEEK 2 TICKET | $30 to see Fauxnique and tinypistol. 7:00pm


Now in its sixth year, the Walking Distance Dance Festival features premieres by Bay Area artists, inviting our public to experience work across the ODC Campus and the Mission District. Featuring performances by The Foundry, FACT/SF, Fauxnique, and tinypistol over the course of two weeks.

Friday and Saturday evening performances occur in both the ODC's B.Way Theater and Studio B while Saturday afternoon performances take place at the Joe Goode Annex.

Week 1: June 2 - 3; 6:00pm & 8:00pm

  • FACT/SF "Platform" (World Premiere)

    Friday, June 2 | 6pm & 8pm
    Saturday, June 3 | 6pm & 8pm
    (Peformances begin with FACT/SF followed by The Foundry 75 minutes later.)

    Tickets $30 (includes both The Foundry and FACT/SF performances)

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    Studio B, ODC Dance Commons

    Platform is an evening-length contemporary dance duet choreographed and performed by Liane Burns and Charles Slender-White. Inspired by and performed to Holly Herndon's electronic album of the same name, Platform investigates ideas of homogeneity, social media echo-chambers, individuality, and extreme unison. The intimate work will be performed in the round, and features lighting design by Darl Andrew Packard and Delayne Medoff, dramaturgy by Cara Rose DeFabio, styling by Monique Jenkinson, videography by Mark McBeth, and creative advising from Jess Curtis, James Fleming, Nina Haft, Maurya Kerr, Erin Mei-Ling Stuart, and Sheldon Smith. 
     

    “FACT/SF dancers…are powerful and lyrical…you will not look away.”
    - Huffington Post

     

  • The Foundry "Deep South" (West Coast Premiere)

    Friday, June 2 | 6:00pm & 8:00pm
    Saturday, June 3 | 6:00pm & 8:00pm
    (Peformances begin with FACT/SF followed by The Foundry 75 minutes later.)
    Tickets $30 (includes both The Foundry and FACT/SF performances)

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    B. Way, ODC Theater

    The Foundry's Alex Ketley presents the San Francisco premiere of Deep South, with local dancers Manuelito Biag, Katie Faulkner, Maurya Kerr, and Aline Wachsmuth, among others. Researched in the rural South in collaboration with NYC-based choreographer Miguel Gutierrez, Deep South is the final work in the No Hero trilogy exploring what dance and performance means to the lives of people in rural parts of the United States. The piece is part filmic artifact of their experience in the South interlaced with live performance. 


    “ …the dancers…brought crystalline technique, serious focus, and an emotional heft to the piece”
    - Dance Magazine

Week 2: June 9 - 10; 7:00pm

  • Fauxnique "C*NT, or, The Horror of Nothing to See" (World Premiere)

    Friday, June 9 | 7pm
    Saturday, June 10 | 7pm
    (Choose to start your performance with either Fauxnique or tinypistol)
    Tickets $30 (includes both Fauxnique and tinypistol performances)

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    B. Way, ODC Theater

    Monique Jenkinson brings her drag queen persona, Fauxnique, into the Contemporary Dance realm to challenge and play with discourses that essentialize ‘Woman’. C*NT, or, The Horror of Nothing to See digs into feminist rage, reads critical theory as high camp, and confronts the ruptures caused by the stress of difference.

    *formerly Delicate Material

    “devilishly precise” - Dance Magazine

  • tinypistol "PoemAnthemSong" (World Premiere)

    Friday, June 9 | 7pm
    Saturday, June 10 | 7pm
    (Choose to start your performance with either Fauxnique or tinypistol)
    Tickets $30 (includes both Fauxnique and tinypistol performances)

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    Studio B, ODC Dance Commons


    PoemAnthemSong, choreographed by Maurya Kerr, represents the positioning of three distinct works as newly one, kindred in their mutual reliance on text as infrastructure and inspiration, and responsiveness to sorrow. We cling to the belief that telling truths in public is a form of protest — join us in our communal heartache, righteous rage, defiant devotion, and slivers of scrappy hope.

    “By marketing her company as ‘anti-pretty’ and titling her new work beast, Kerr gives herself and her audience the freedom to reject conventional notions of what dance ought to look like.”
    - stanceondance.com

FREE Saturday Performances

  • Joanna Haigood "Between Me and the Other World"

    Saturdays, June 3 & 10 | 12:30pm & 3:00pm
    Joe Goode Annex
    FREE admission

    “I would not have you descend into your own dream. I would have you be a conscious citizen of this terrible and beautiful world.” – Coates

    Between me and the other world is a dynamic exploration of scholar and civil rights leader W.E.B. DuBois' concept of "double consciousness". This performance installation is an immersive environment that evokes the identity duality described in DuBois' seminal work.

    Featured performers: Delvis Friñon, Latanya d. Tigner, Matthew Wickett, Erica Wilson

    Composer: Anthony Brown

    Video Designer: David Szlasa

    Scenic Designer: Sean Riley 

  • Laura Elaine Ellis "Soul to Soul: An Artistic Response to Baldwin and Coates"

    Saturdays, June 3 & 10 | 1:45pm & 4:15pm
    Joe Goode Annex
    FREE admission

    “The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through that vast forest, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place.”  – Baldwin

    Soul to Soul: An Artistic Response to Baldwin and Coates is an experimental journey, using the creative process as a means of connecting, collaborating, interacting - artist to artist and artist to audience. Current events call for us to deepen our commitment to activism through art and culture; provide a space for audiences and artists to share perspectives, experiences, stories – encourage empathy and equity!

    Featured performers: Byb Chanel Bibene, Isaiah Bindel, Jordon E. Dabney, Alex Diaz, Erik Debono, Frankie Lee Peterson III, Christopher Scarver, Dazaun Soleyn, Alexander Vargas, Marvin K. White

    Artistic Direction: Gregory Dawson, Laura E. Ellis; Composers: Robert Moses, Christopher Scarver

     

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