"Going Solo," "I look vacantly at the Pacific...though regret," "Walk Back the Cat"
"Giant," "Dead Reckoning"
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA
March 17 and 24, 2016
by Rita Felciano
copyright © Rita Felciano 2016
Change is in the air midway towards ODC/Dance's fiftieth decade though the company is still in the hands of founding artists Brenda Way, KT Nelson and Kimi Okada. All three had a piece on this year's two programs. Yet of the three world premieres one of them was by Kate Weare, the first time ODC has presented a work from outside its ranks. Private Freeman returned after a seven year hiatus; Corey Brady is leaving after twelve seasons, and half of the company joined within the last two years. In a pre-performance interview Way talked about trying for an endowment that would ensure the health of the institutions -- both ODC Commons and ODC Theater-- that have become integral to the Bay Area's dance environment. What was as expected--excellent performances of fine choreography--did not disappoint. ODC is vibrantly alive -- whatever changes are in the air.
ODC/Dance in "Walk Back the Cat." Photo © Amy Thompson