• boulders and bones boulders and bones 2014

    For ODC's 5 men, 5 women

    Duration
    1 hour
    Choreography
    Brenda Way, KT Nelson
    Concept
    Andy Goldsworthy
    Commissioned score
    Zoë Keating
    Visuals
    RJ Muna
    Light + Scenic Design
    Alexander V. Nichols

    Inspired by the work of visual artist Andy Goldsworthy and set to a commissioned score performed live by acclaimed avant cellist Zoë Keating, Way and Nelson's fearless choreography touches on transformation in both art and nature. RJ Muna's cinematic mise en scène, which traces the shifting light, changing landscape, and building process of Goldsworthy's installation, takes us through the chaos of creative process to the clarity of realization.

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    "boulders and bones dances along the edge of shifting light, gravity, and natural chaos. And, like Goldsworthy, ODC makes artistry appear entirely natural, leaving ample room for reflection” – SF WEEKLY
  • Dead Reckoning Dead Reckoning 2015

    For ODC's 5 men, 5 women

    Duration
    30 minute
    Choreography
    KT Nelson
    Commissioned score
    Joan Jeanrenaud
    Light + Scenic Design
    Matthew Antaky
    Costumes
    Liz Brent

    A sabbatical in Death Valley serves as the inspiration for KT Nelson's Dead Reckoning. Original music from celebrated Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaud underscores the story of how humanity has lost its way, and the impact that has on the surrounding natural forces. Dead Reckoning refers to navigating without the predictable reference points of stars, increasing the likelihood of accumulative error. Nelson says "Today at the rate of change in nature is unprecedented. How will we negotiate it? Are we in a time of dead reckoning?"

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    "a company classic" – SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
  • Triangulating Euclid Triangulating Euclid 2013

    For ODC’s 5 men, 5 women

    Duration
    29 min
    Choreography
    Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Kate Weare
    Commissioned score
    Various + Shubert
    Light + Scenic Design
    Matt Antaky
    Costumes
    Way + Lisa Claybaugh

    Way and Nelson team up with acclaimed New York-based choreographer Kate Weare in this unprecedented collaboration designed to shake up their creative process and explore new artistic territory. The inspiration for this work came from a rare original edition of Euclid's Elements, perhaps the most influential work in the history of mathematics. This highly physical, insightful, and emotive work moves from the formal elegance of geometry to its human implication: from triangles to threesome, from lines to connections, from the page to the heart.

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    “There’s a point-to-point logic to the piece that seems as irresistible and inevitable as those ancient mathematical theorems. The new work... flows, twirls and regroups with utter confidence.” – SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
  • Two if by Sea Two if by Sea 2013

    1 man and 1 woman

    Duration
    17 minute
    Choreography
    Kimi Okada
    Music
    Teiji Ito, Steve Reich
    Lighting Design
    Mark Hueske
    Costumes
    Liz Brent

    Inspired by clandestine physical languages and codes, this rhythmic, physical duet spiced with tap, delightful partnering, and a wink of humor unveils the power of hidden signals. From the glimmer of an SOS signal to the click of Morse code, from a coach's tug of an ear to the lift of lover's eyebrow, we all have our codes.

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    “a delicious morsel of intricate give-and-take pair dancing” – SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN
  • Going Solo Going Solo 2016

    For 1 man

    Duration
    12 minute
    Choreography
    KT Nelson & Brandon "Private" Freeman
    Video & Scenic Design
    Sara Horner & David Robertson
    Lighting Design
    David Robertson
    Sound Design
    Joan Jeanrenaud
    Music
    Joan Jeanrenaud & Max Richter

    Working with award-winning composer Joan Jeanrenaud, Nelson ventures into the dream life of the boy and the man in her formal exploration of the artistry and prowess of ODC/Dance virtuoso, Brandon "Private" Freeman

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    "...a superior pièce d’occasion" – SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
  • The Velveteen Rabbit The Velveteen Rabbit 1986

    For ODC’s 11 dancers & 6-10 local children

    Duration
    75 minutes
    Choreography
    KT Nelson
    Narration
    Geoff Hoyle
    Score
    Benjamin Britten
    Story
    Margery Williams

    "Once, there was a velveteen rabbit ... and in the beginning he was really splendid, fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be, and on Christmas morning the little boy loved him best of all."

    ODC/Dance brings Margery Williams' classic tale of a well-worn stuffed rabbit to life through music, dance, and a splendid narration by actor/comedian Geoff Hoyle. Brimming with wit, festive costumes, and endearingly madcap characters, this production incorporates eight local children, and is a holiday treat and evergreen classic.

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    "Delightful, imaginative, with something to offer both adults and children ... the choreography makes the story come alive." – NEW YORK TIMES