2017 Dance Downtown Season

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"The dancing is always excellent: full-bodied and expansive, without being showy or brawny." 

The New Yorker

San Francisco's internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company ODC/Dance celebrates its 46th season with two world-premieres, live music, and the reprise of Brenda Way's Walk Back the Cat and Kate Weare's Giant.

Week 1

  • "Blink of an Eye" (World Premiere) by KT Nelson

    Blink of an Eye explores our ephemeral place in time, space, and history, through the use of historical costume accessories, hand held theatrical lights, and music from divergent historical periods. It was influenced by Ms. Nelson’s six-week pilgrimage to the Camino de Santiago, a route to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in northwestern Spain.

    Blink of an Eye is made possible by contributions from the Amphion Foundation, Richard Grand Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bernard Osher Foundation, and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation

  • "Giant" (2015) by Kate Weare

    Giant plays with perceptions of the heroic body by fantasizing out loud about potency and valor. Playing with scale and feeling, Giant flips from idea to idea, toying with our assumptions of where — and how — power lies. Dubbed “the voice of the ‘it’s complicated’ generation,” by Dance Magazine, Weare charts her own humanism by tackling head-on the violence, sensuality, and yearning for intimacy that mark our age.

    Giant is made possible by White Bird’s ‘Barney’ Creative Prize and ODC’s Artistic Venture Fund.

  • Gala Special Program: March 24 only

    Celebrate 'Women on the Move' with an evening of cocktails, dinner, spectacular performances by ODC/Dance, and an after-party at the St. Regis and YBCA. This unforgettable night will feature the performance of Kimi Okada's Two if by Sea, as well as excerpts of Brenda Way's Part of a Longer Story, KT Nelson's Blink of an Eye, and Kate Weare's Giant. More info here.

Week 2

  • "Walk Back the Cat" (2016) by Brenda Way

    Way’s Walk Back the Cat excavates the circuitous journey of the choreographic process and arrives in a world inspired by Thomas Hart Benton’s muscular and vital murals of American City Life in the 1930s. With live music by Paul Dresher, Emily Packard, and Doug Morton.

    Walk Back the Cat is made possible by contributions from The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • "What we carry What we keep" (World Premiere) by Brenda Way

    “What is it with the relationship between people and things anyway- this human drive to have more and more?” —  The New York Times, 2016

    What we carry What we keep is made possible by contributions from the Richard Grand Foundation and the Bernard Osher Foundation.

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

  • "What we carry What we keep" by Brenda Way play
    "What we carry What we keep" by Brenda Way
  • ODC/Dance at Grace Cathedral play
    ODC/Dance at Grace Cathedral
  • Excerpt of Kate Weare's "Giant" play
    Excerpt of Kate Weare's "Giant"

Dance Downtown Gala

Friday, March 24, 2017

Celebrate 'Women on the Move' with an evening of cocktails, dinner, spectacular performances by ODC/Dance, and an after-party at the St. Regis and YBCA. This unforgettable night features excerpts of new and returning work from Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Kimi Okada, and Kate Weare.

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