Up for Air/Decameron (2021)

Up for Air/Decameron (2021)
ODC/Dance’s first full-length film
Premiering Summer 2021

Experience dance through a choreographer's eyes.

In 2020, ODC/Dance was poised to premiere Up for Air/Decameron on stage. This summer, we will embark on a breakaway project: transforming the work into ODC/Dance’s first full-length film, directed by Brenda Way.
Featuring ODC/Dance Company and members of Kate Weare Company, Up for Air/Decameron is inspired by Bocaccio’s novel about the retreat of ten young Florentines seeking to avoid the plague of 1385. The work touches on the combustible nature of love, the need for connection and those values that help us survive catastrophic times: humor, resilience, and grace.

Join us as we reimagine the boundaries of dance, bring this piece to life, and lay down a record of our times.

Four Choreographic Voices...Two Dance Companies

  • Artistic Team

    Brenda Way - Director/Choreographer

    Brenda Way received her early training at the School of American Ballet and Ballet Arts in New York City. She is the founder and artistic director of ODC/Dance and creator of the ODC Theater and ODC Dance Commons, community performance and training venues in San Francisco’s Mission District. She launched ODC and an inter-arts department at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in the late 1960's before relocating to the Bay Area in 1976.

    Brenda has choreographed more than 85 pieces over the last 45 years. Her commissions include Unintended Consequences: A Meditation (2008) Equal Justice Society; Life is a House (2008) San Francisco Girls Chorus; On a Train Heading South (2005) CSU Monterey Bay; Remnants of Song (2002) Stanford Lively Arts; Scissors Paper Stone (1994) Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Western Women (1993) Cal Performances, Rutgers University and Jacob's Pillow; Ghosts of an Old Ceremony (1991) Walker Art Center and The Minnesota Orchestra; Krazy Kat (1990) San Francisco Ballet; This Point in Time (1987) Oakland Ballet; Tamina (1986) San Francisco Performances; and Invisible Cities (1985) Stanford Lively Arts and the Robotics Research Laboratory. Her work Investigating Grace was named an NEA American Masterpiece in 2011.

    She is a national spokesperson for dance, has been published widely, and has received numerous awards, including Isadora Duncan Dance Awards for both choreography and sustained achievement, and has enjoyed 40 years of support from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a 2000 recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2009, she was the first choreographer to be a Resident of the Arts at the American Academy in Rome, and in 2012, she received the Helen Crocker Russell Award for Community Leadership from the SF Foundation. In 2009 ODC/Dance was selected by BAM to tour Brenda Way's work internationally under the aegis of the U.S. State Department’s inaugural DanceMotion USA tour.

    Brenda Way holds a Ph.D. in aesthetics and is the mother of four children.

    Kate Weare - Choreographer

    Kate Weare creates dances with rawness and precision dealing directly with violence, sensuality, and interconnectedness. Raised by visual artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, Weare received her BFA from California Institute of the Arts and danced in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Belgrade, and Montreal before settling in New York City to found Kate Weare Company in 2005. Weare is a 2017 Aninstantia Foundation Fellow, recipient of White Bird's Barney 2015 Creative Prize, a 2014 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, 2015 & 2011 Mellon Foundation Awardee, and a 2009 Princess Grace Awardee in Choreography. Artistic residencies awarded include Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, CalArts, Bates Dance Festival, Djerassi, DANCEworks and ODC/SF, and Weare’s work has been commissioned by BAM, The Joyce Theater, ADF, DANCEworks, Jacob’s Pillow, Danspace Project, Bates Dance Festival, DTW, DNA, as well as by dance companies worldwide. Weare has been on faculty as a Guest Artist at Princeton, Juilliard, NYU/Tisch, CalArts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Keene State University, Marymount Manhattan, among others, and is currently a Resident Choreographer at ODC/Dance.

    KT Nelson - Choreographer

    KT Nelson joined ODC/Dance in 1976 and partners with Brenda Way to direct the ODC/Dance Company. KT choreographed and directed the Company's first full-length family ballet in 1986, The Velveteen Rabbit, which has since been performed annually in the Bay Area as an ODC/Dance holiday production.

    KT has been awarded the Isadora Duncan Dance Award four times: in 1987 for Outstanding Performance, in 1996 and 2012 for Outstanding Choreography, and in 2001 for Sustained Achievement. Her collaborators have included Bobby McFerrin, Geoff Hoyle, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Max Chen, Zap Mama, and Joan Jeanrenaud. In 2008, her work RingRounRozi, in collaboration with French-Canadian composer Linda Bouchard, was selected to be performed at the Tanzmesse International Dance Festival. In 2009 Nelson was one of three artists selected for Austin Ballet’s New American Talent Competition. In 2012 she created new work for Western Michigan University as part of their Great Works Dance Project.

    In addition to her work as a choreographer, Nelson served on the Zellerbach Community Arts Panel from 2005 to 2011, ran the summer dance department for Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University 2003-2006, and founded the ODC Dance Jam in 1997.

    Over the last 25 years, KT has played a major role in defining and implementing ODC's on-going and project-based outreach programs. She has mentored the Margaret Jenkins' Chime Project and continues to mentor emerging artists in the Bay Area and abroad.

    Kimi Okada - Choreographer

    Kimi Okada is a founding member of ODC. Her work includes more than 26 choreographed works for ODC/Dance, as well as commissions and collaborations with Geoff Hoyle, Bill Irwin, Julie Taymor, and Robin Williams. She has choreographed productions for the American Conservatory Theater of San Francisco, Yale Repertory Theater, the New Victory Theater in New York, the Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis, Theatre for a New Audience in New York, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the American Music Theater Festival, the Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Los Angeles Theatre Center, the Pickle Family Circus, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

    She was nominated for a Tony Award for the Broadway production of Largely New York, which she co-choreographed with Bill Irwin. In 2010 she choreographed the ACT production of Scapin, and The Composer is Dead at Berkeley Repertory Theater. She choreographed the First Voice production of Mu, an evening length theater/dance/music piece which premiered at the SF Jewish Community Center in 2013.

    Since 1996, Kimi has served as director of the ODC School, which she has brought to the forefront of international and national dance education for youth and adults. She has been honored with a California State Legislature Assembly Resolution for choreographic and community contributions. She also directs ODC's teen company, the Dance Jam.

  • Dancers

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  • Creative Team

    Jonathan Hall - Director of Photography

    Jonathan Hall is a story of an X-Games athlete turned filmmaker. Hailing from the central coast of California, his love for the camera began at the age of 14 when he started filming friends and teammates for sponsors and promoters. Fueled by his new passion Jonathan quickly made his way onto some of Hollywood’s elite camera teams, which soon allowed him to jump directly into feature and series work as a Cinematographer. Since then he has shot all over the world lensing everything from epic action adventures to arthouse dramas. He's shot ads for everything from Chrysler to Budweiser and FDA to Visa on both national and international campaigns. He's as comfortable conducting a 100 strong crew as he is chasing the sunset for the last shot of the day. He still loves what he does.

    Kellee McQuinn - Creative Producer, ODC Director of Digital Programs

    Kellee is an award-winning producer, director, writer, lyricist, choreographer, performer, curriculum author and artrepreneur. Prior to serving ODC and creating the Digital Programs Department, producing filmed works of all kinds throughout the organization, Kellee has 20 years’ experience translating the magic of live experiences and interactive dance-based programs into immersive on-screen formats. She is the Executive Producer of Mack & Moxy, a children’s television show currently airing on PBS and Amazon Prime starring Hank Azaria, Kegan-Michael Key, Simone Biles, and Rachael Ray. Best known for creating the Parent’s Choice winning international movement program, KidTribe, Michelle Obama invited Kellee to perform at the White House Easter Egg Roll throughout all eight years of the Obama administration, as did Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play since 2006. Kellee is also the writer/director/producer of NASA’s Telly Award winning Space School Musical. A sought-after consultant and keynote speaker, Kellee has partnered and worked with some of the world’s leading non-profit organizations, pioneering new strategies for entertainment outreach and audience engagement. A recent recipient of the Broken Glass Ceiling Award by Palm Springs Women in Film, Kellee also received a Community Leadership Award from President Obama's Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition in 2012.

    Lynnette Myers - Line Producer

    Lynnette began working in the film and TV industry in 1995 and joined the Directors Guild of America in 2001. As a producer, director and 1st AD, she is highly regarded in the field, having worked with both big (HBO, Amazon, HGTV, NBC to name a few) and small production companies. With expert knowledge when it comes to scheduling, budgets, SAG-AFTRA, crew (Union or Non-Union), Lynnette has resourceful & creative problem solving skills. When the pandemic came along, instead of stopping Lynnette expanded her skill set again & completed multiple COVID CO certifications. Her focus on getting back to work safely in the New Normal of COVID19 Sets.

    Jim French - Production Designer

    Jim French designs lighting for the performing arts and live events, with work seen in twenty five countries and thirty six U.S. States.  Highlights of Jim's work in dance include over fifteen world premieres for San Francisco Ballet, nine seasons as resident designer for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and long running collaborations with the choreographers Val Caniparoli, Pascal Rioult, and Amy Seiwert, with vertical dance company Bandaloop, and with Ballet West. At home in the San Francisco Bay Area, he has collaborated with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, RAW Dance, Shotgun Players, Kronos Quartet, Joe Goode Performance Group, ODC/Dance, Post:Ballet, SF Danceworks, Imagery, Sacramento Ballet, Marin Theater Company, West Edge Opera, and has been house LD at SFJAZZ.  Favorite credits from further afield include Finnish National Ballet, Ballett Basel, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Playwright's Horizons, Carte Blanche, Royal Ballet of Flanders, and LA Dance Project. Jim designed lighting for the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit, and volunteers for Dancers Responding to AIDS and Bike East Bay.

Get Involved

  • Become a Producer

    See your name in lights and get a front row seat to the creative process. We invite you to become a producer of Up for Air/Decameron.

    Producers will receive weekly project updates, exclusive content and opportunities to engage with the creative team during the development, filming and post-production process.

    You’ll also be among the first invitees to the in-person red carpet world premiere events slated for July 29-August 1, 2021.

    This is an unprecedented opportunity for exclusive access to the creative team and to witness firsthand the impact of your investment in the art.

    Become a producer today at odc.dance/decameronfilm.

    Special thanks to the producers below who have pledged their support to help make Up for Air/Decameron possible:

    Executive Producer
    Presenting Producers
    The AnonyMoose Foundation
    Sean Dowdall and David Landis
    Lynn Feintech and Tony Bernhardt
    Associate Producers
    Frank Baron
    Leela de Souza Bransten and Peter Bransten
    Sakurako and William Fisher
    Senior Producers
    Ditty and Bart Deamer
    Paul Salinger
    Jackie Schneider and Robert Rebitzer  
    Brenda Way and Henry Erlich
    Diane B. Wilsey
    Line Producers
    Courtney Benoist and Jason Fish
    Jessica Bixby and Justin Erlich
    Karen and Paul Bixby
    Anna Boyer
    Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola
    Mary Margaret Jones
    J. C. Kellogg Foundation
    Amy Roth and Bob Epstein
    Becky Saeger and Tom Graves
    Timothy Schroeder and Peter Chandonnet
    Tim Streb  
    Margaret Tcheng Ware and John Ware
    Sally Yu and Jeff Shen