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ODC/Dance Downtown
March 17 - 27

ODC/Dance Downtown
YBCA | March 17-27, 2016


"Expressive and technically complex work …"
- The New York Times

Experience stunning contemporary dance at ODC/Dance Downtown. The 2016 season features the following:

  • World premiere of Brenda Way’s Walk Back the Cat, including a score commissioned and performed live by Paul Dresher, as well as visuals by RJ Muna and Ian Winters
  • KT Nelson’s new work, Going Solo, for the exceptional Private Freeman
  • Reprise of Nelson’s explosive 2015 hit, Dead Reckoning
  • Kimi Okada’s humorous I look vacantly at the Pacific…though regret
  • An unprecedented co-commission from NY choreographer Kate Weare who brings her fiery movement to the ODC dancers with the world premiere of Giant

KT Nelson's Dead Reckoning ODC/Dance performing Kate Weare's earlier work, Drop Down
Brenda Way's Walk Back the Cat

Thurs, March 17, 7:30pm, Opening Night   
Fri, March 18, 8:00pm, Gala
Sat March 19, 7:30pm
Sun, March 20, 5:00pm

Thurs, March 24, 7:30pm
Fri, March 25, 7:30pm LGBTQ Night
Sat March 26, 7:30pm
Sun, March 27, 5:00pm



Going Solo (World Premiere)
Choreography: KT Nelson & Brandon “Private” Freeman

Working once again 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 virtuoso, Brandon “Private” Freeman.

Walk Back the Cat
(World Premiere)
Live Music with Paul Dresher Ensemble
Choreography: 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. Including visuals by photographer RJ Muna and video by Ian Winters, the work features a commissioned jazz inspired score and live performance by Paul Dresher and musicians. Walk Back the Cat was made possible by contributions from NEA. The commissioning and production of this world premiere is made possible by Gerbode-Hewlett Foundations 2014 Choreographer Commissioning Awards initiative

I look vacantly at the Pacific...though regret (2011)
Choreography: Kimi Okada

Taking its name from a Japanese pencil box, Kimi Okada explores the humorous and often awkward attempts at crosscultural understanding.


Dead Reckoning
Choreography: KT Nelson

Original music by Joan Jeanrenaud, celebrated Kronos Quartet Cellist, underscores Nelson’s vision of humanity in the throes of upheaval and its impact on the surrounding natural forces. Dead Reckoning refers to navigating without the predictable reference points of stars, increasing the likelihood of accumulative error.

Giant (World Premiere)
Co-commissioned by White Bird & ODC
Choreography: Kate Weare

In Giant, controversial acts of heroism—from Salome to Edward Snowden—serve as a jumping off point to explore perception of the heroic body and fantasies about courage and valor. Dubbed “the voice of the ‘it’s complicated’ generation,” by Dance Magazine, Weare charts her own view of humanism by tackling head-on the violence, sensuality and complex yearning for intimacy that mark our age. Giant is made possible by White Bird’s ‘Barney’ Creative Prize




Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater

700 Howard Street (at Third Street) San Francisco.



Dance Downtown Gala

Friday, March 18, 2016
Celebrate ODC’s 45th Season at the annual Gala Celebration on Friday, March 18th. More information here.



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


Photo: RJ MUNA


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