For those needing to get off the couch and jump-start their New Year’s fitness resolutions, ODC has the perfect twofer: On Monday, the studio’s Rhythm and Motion Dance Program offers an open dance class and party at the ODC Theater. Beginner-friendly lessons in Afro-Brazilian and belly dance will be followed by a bash featuring Middle Eastern and Latin food with a live music dance jam. Read More
On Thursday, ODC/Dance founder Brenda Way inaugurates the company’s 41st spring season by revisiting a theme from an early repertoire work, called “Ladies in Waiting,” about compliant women in the “Mad Men” era. But in “Breathing Underwater,” she brings the audience forward a few decades. Choreographed for four women, the title suggests women’s ability to survive under impossible circumstances. Way explains a darker meaning. Read More
ODC, the incubator for promising and cutting-edge dance talent, has teamed up with other U.S. dance presenters to form SCUBA, a consortium providing touring venues for selected artists.
On May 6 at ODC, SCUBA presents its 2011 program featuring a trio of choreographers, all of whom have won acclaim in their respective communities for their touching, challenging and sometimes amusing work: San Francisco’s Katie Faulkner, New York’s Chris Yon and Seattle’s Amelia Reeber. Read More
Modern dance companies rarely survive four decades. That Oberlin Dance Collective — founded by Brenda Way in 1971 and now known in The City as ODC/Dance — has thrived all these years is exceptional. Read More
To someone of lesser mettle than dancer Sara Shelton Mann, broken bones and ripped tendons might have sent them into retirement long ago. But for Mann, they only served to drive her deeper into her creative well. And she’s garnered an impressive number of accolades along the way, including four Isadora Duncan awards and a Guggenheim fellowship. Read More