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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Contemporary Dance: Find Out What Exactly It Is

Posted By on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 2:13 PM

click to enlarge Nicole Klaymoon
  • Nicole Klaymoon

What is contemporary dance? Guggenheim fellow Brian Brooks acknowledges the references to Cunningham, release, ballet, and street dance that appear in his solo I'm Going to Explode but explains, "all the references are in the support of the guts of the idea"--in this case, a fixation with a vibration of the arms that he dances like Mr. Rogers on meth. With her emotionally intense, athletic choreography, Kate Weare wants to "hook into the psychological undercurrents of our current moment" but also to "make an analysis of it."

Seven companies will present work in ODC's second annual Walking Distance Dance Festival, May 31-June 1, which showcases the voices of choreographers out to redefine how we perceive dance in palatable morsels. "There is nothing in New York that equals the community Brenda Way has created at ODC Dance Commons," says Weare. "This festival gives the audience agency to go from performance to performance and decide what they are going to see, when, and why."

ODC Theater presents the Walking Distance Dance Festival, May 31-June 1 at ODC Theater, 3153 17th St, S.F., and ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St., S.F. Tickets are $20 per program or $50 for a festival pass; call 863 9834.

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