ODC Dance

2014–2015 Dance at the Royal Series


Thu. Jan. 29 • 730pm

Fri. Jan. 30 • 730pm

ODC Dance is known worldwide for its athleticism, passion and intellectual depth. Among the many awards the company has received are seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, two Nureyevs and a Tony nomination. ODC have been hailed as “Best Dance Company” in the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2013 editions. The Victoria program includes Triangulating Euclid. Inspiration for this work came from the discovery of a rare original edition of Euclid’s Elements, perhaps the most influential work in the history of mathematics. Highly physical, insightful and emotive, the work moves from the formal elegance of geometry to its human implication. “Irresistible…[it] flows, twirls and regroups with utter confidence.” SF CHRONICLE. Waving Not Drowning, an exploration of the role of fashion and its implication for women, forms the second part of the evening. Wry, witty and ultimately thought-provoking, the dancers move with confidence. “Genuinely coherent satire…so rare in the dance world.” SF CHRONICLE.

  • Running Time: 1 hour 20 minutes including intermission
  • Training: Contemporary Dance
  • Company Details: Founded in 1971 by current Artistic Director Brenda Way, ODC (Oberlin Dance Collective, named after its place of origin, Oberlin College in Ohio) was a collective of 16 visual artists, dancers, writers and musicians interested in challenging standard ideas about performance. Way had trained at the School of American Ballet in New York under the supervision of George Balanchine and was an instructor at Oberlin College. In the first years, the collective decamped to Martha’s Vineyard in the summers where they had constructed an outdoor stage. It was here that they caught the attention of New York critic. In 1976, the group loaded up a yellow school bus and travelled across the country eventually relocating to San Francisco. Way’s goal was to ground the company in a dynamic, pluralistic setting.  In 1979, ODC was the first modern dance company in America to build its own home facility, from which it now operates the dance company, a school, a theater, a gallery, and a health clinic for dancers.
  • Company Website: http://www.odcdance.org/index.php


Join us before the show for a pre-show chat in the theatre lobby prior to the performance. Dr. Allana Lindgren will facilitate a conversation with ODC Artistic Directors Brenda Way and KT Nelson who will speak about both works on the program. Our pre-show chats begin about 45 minutes prior to curtain and are free to all ticket holders.