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ODC Theater presents HOUSE SPECIAL
August 18

ODC Theater Presents
House Special
Sat. Aug. 18, 2012, 8pm

A perennial summer highlight, House Special is the fascinating culmination of a two-week, shared residency among three artists curated by ODC Theater Director Christy Bolingbroke. This unduplicated program for carte-blanche dance-making and a one-night only work-in-progress showing offers audiences a rare and candid look into the artistic process.

This year ODC Theater’s House Special features not just choreographers David Schleiffers, Anna Sullivan, but also includes the playwright Kim Yaged. Her selection falls in line with the Theater’s mission to be a multi-disciplinary venue and its ongoing commitment to the creative process.

“So many of the artists ODC Theater presents are multi-disciplinary incorporating movement, music, text, and film in their work,” said Bolingbroke. “The three artists selected for this year’s House Special represent some of the range of inventive performance that we embrace. We aim to provide audiences with a fresh perspective, to show how artists jump in from many different angles.”

See new works, hear from the artists and immerse yourself in three choreographers' creative experiences.

David Schleiffers received his BA with a major in dance from the University of Washington in 2010. While in the Seattle, he danced with Chamber Dance Company for four consecutive seasons, performing works by iconic choreographers such as Bill T. Jones, Doug Elkins, Twyla Tharp, and Zvi Gotheiner. From 2009-2011 he presented work with his company, Quark Contemporary Dance Theatre, at a number of Seattle dance festivals: Seattle International Dance Festival, NW New Works, The A.W.A.R.D. Show! Seattle, Men in Dance, and Chop Shop: Bodies of Work. Since moving to San Francisco in late 2011, he has presented at ODC as a Pilot artist and has performed with Palanza Dance and RAWdance. He recently choreographed Youth Musical Theater Company's production of West Side Story in Berkeley and hopes to continue exploring his passion for youth education.

Anna Sullivan is the artistic director of Anna and The Annadroids, a multimedia dance and aerial theater company based in San Francisco. Like a funhouse mirror, Anna and The Annadroids reflects a playfully exaggerated image of early 21st century social conventions that psychopathically promote robotic conformity and mindless overindulgence. Sullivan’s choreographic voice includes quirky gestures and symbolic movement vocabulary to invite a give-and-take exploration of the human condition in all its quirky vulnerability. Since 2005 Sullivan has presented eleven original evening-length dance theater events, performed for countless community organizations, received multiple project grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Ohio Arts Council, performed at the New York International Fringe Festival three times (2006, 2007, and 2011), and in 2008 won the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Artistic Excellence Award of $10,000 for the production Anna and The Annadroids: Clone Zone. Sullivan is currently restaging this production for San Francisco audiences. The full production is scheduled to take place at Dance Mission Theater in November 2012.

Kim Yaged is an award-winning writer and photographer with extensive experience in film and television. Yaged’s work frequently addresses issues of identity with a focus on using art for social change. Her increasing interest in dance, movement, physical theater, and other non-text based forms of expression has led to her being called a multidisciplinary performance artist. She’s currently developing Let's Be One Hand, an interactive art exhibition that dispels stereotypes and increases understanding between people across physical and philosophical borders. Her operetta was showcased by the New York City Opera and won four “Best” awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Production. Yaged received the Kennedy Center’s Meritorious Achievement Award for her play America, which also won the Audience Award at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival. Her play Hypocrites & Strippers was a finalist in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. An excerpt of Hypocrites & Strippers is included in Best Women's Monologues for the 21st Century. Yaged’s play vessels was commissioned for the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in conjunction with an exhibit by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Yaged was a head writer for Ricky is Famous, produced by Jeff Goode Entertainment. Yaged’s photographs have been shown in London, Berlin and Tunisia, and her stories and poetry have been published by Random House, Cleis Press, Ballantine Books, Applause, and Arsenal Pulp Press.

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