Hot Spot: ALTERNATIVA with Kathleen Hermesdorf

ODC suspends all in-person classes and postponed performances until further notice. Learn more here.

September 4-27

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Drop-ins welcome. ODC class passes accepted, or pay a $18 drop in fee per class.

The ODC School invites guest artists to come teach Int/Adv classes in the Hot Spot on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Keep an eye out for who's coming to the Dance!

GUT Motives is an alternative contemporary dance class, an ongoing research towards a general unified theory of the act of motion from internal impulse to external expression. The work utilizes a hybrid of forms to encourage deep awareness and understanding of the body in itself and the body in motion, motivated by multiple meanings of guts, including viscera, center of gravity, courage, instinct, intuition, revelation and vulnerability. The practice is a progression of energy cultivation, hands-on investigation, somatic improvisation, technical experiments and methods of falling, flying and inversion, culminating in dynamic, 3-dimensional phrase work. The class is an intimate and animated arena for physical and artistic exploration, deeply informed by live, original music, and cultivating sensate virtuosity, kinetic efficiency and inter-active intelligence.

Kathleen Hermesdorf is the Director of ALTERNATIVA. She has been dancing in San Francisco since 1991. Hermesdorf gained invaluable experience as a member of Bebe Miller Company, Contraband/Sara Shelton Mann and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. She also co-directed Hermesdorf & Wells Dance Company with Scott Wells and Collusion with Stephanie Maher. Albert Mathias is the Music Director of ALTERNATIVA. he has been a member of Bebe Miller Company and Contraband/Sara Shelton Mann. He has produced 15 records of original music and collaborated in numerous bands, most notably LiveHuman, an improvisation-based trio with Andrew Kushin and DJ Quest. His music can be found on I-Tunes, Bandcamp and CDbaby.


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