Modern dance returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Thursday with ODC of San Francisco.
Of the ODC dance company, it has been said that if dance were edible, a performance by ODC would be a decadent feast. Known throughout the world for its athleticism, passion and intellectual depth, ODCs touring troupe features 10 world-class dancers in a dynamic, imaginative program. The troupe will perform a mixed repertoire at the Community Concert Hall.
ODCs resident choreographers, Brenda Way, KT Nelson and Kimi Okada, are lauded as three of the finest contemporary women choreographers. Together through the last four decades, they have created a vibrant movement vocabulary that has significantly influenced a generation of dancers and choreographers.
Way, who trained under the legendary George Balanchine and serves as ODCs co-artistic director, founded the company in 1971 as the Oberlin Dance Collective, named after its place of origin, Oberlin College in Ohio. By 1976, she had firmly established ODC in San Francisco, bucking the dance world theory that to be successful a company must call New York its home.
ODC today performs for more than 50,000 people each year, and, through its various programs, strives to inspire audiences, cultivate artists, engage community and foster diversity and inclusion through dance performance, training and mentorship.
Recognized for its entrepreneurial savvy, ODC was the first modern dance company in the U.S. to build its own resident facility, from which it operates the ODC School, the ODC Theater and the ODC Gallery. ODCs programs have launched numerous careers and introduced an extensive roster of esteemed national and international artists.
Members of the company also will participate in a free choreography workshop Wednesday onstage at the Concert Hall. The workshop will include learning parts of the ODC repertory and learning how the company approaches the choreographic process. It is open to community dancers of all levels and dance enthusiasts ages 12 through adult.
No registration is necessary, but participants are asked to arrive early and enter quietly through the main doors (not the stage door) of the Concert Hall because the company will be finishing a technical rehearsal onstage.