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Facing Ageism with Dance, Photography, Fashion at ODC

Choreographer Kate Mitchell was, despite herself, horrified when she discovered wrinkles and sagging start to take hold on her skin. But then she pushed back, artistically. Mitchell had photographer Alessandra Mello take close-up photos of her skin and bones, and what emerged was a topography that Mitchell saw repeated in nature. Extrapolating from this connection and developing a collaborative performance, Mitchell created Terrain,...
Antoine Hunter by RJ Muna. Courtesy of World Arts West

Deaf Dance Festival to Shake Up Dance Mission Theater

For the fourth year in a row, a festival featuring Deaf and hard of hearing dancers opens at Dance Mission theater Friday, August 12 and runs through August 14, featuring styles ranging from belly dancing to hip hop, ballet to Afro-modern, and even sign language from other parts of the world. The festival brings with it not just expressive movement by Deaf dancers,...

Legendary Civil Rights Leader to Head SF Carnaval

For the 37th year, Carnaval will kick off on the corner of 24th and Bryant streets this Saturday and for two days transform parts of Harrison Street into a multi-block party, while a colorful procession of drummers, dancers, and themed floats snaking up 24th street and along Mission Street, will immerse the neighborhood in various aspects of Latin American culture. With...
Zoe Klein. Photo by Weidong Yang

Dance Mission Keeps Dancing in “Revolt(ing) Times”

Can you picture the gentrification of Oakland, the death of Sandra Bland, and the treatment of Haitians in the Dominican Republic … in dance? In its second annual D.I.R.T. Festival (Dance In Revolt(ing) Times), Dance Brigade will present explorations of all these themes and more, starting on January 22. The festival is inspired by the dancers’ drive to go beyond making aesthetic movement and...
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SF-Rooted Dancer Returns to Experiment

While many artists are leaving the Mission, dancer and choreographer Chuck Wilt has returned to his local roots to explore his old neighborhood to produce two collaborative works that debut tomorrow night, first with Rodeo and on Friday and Saturday nights with the two-part program Ships and Salsa. Ships, the first portion of a two-part piece that will show for...
Photo courtesy of Kristin Damrow

Facing Fears at ODC Tonight

Fear changes everything. That’s part of the premise to be explored tonight and Saturday night (July 8 and 11) in Opaque, a feature in the Summer Performance Festival presented by the performance art incubator SAFEhouseARTS. Kristin Damrow (last seen locally in Dance Mission Theater’s D.I.R.T.) focuses on the fears that any one of us may fall prey to, and the effect they have on us....
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ODC Features Bolivian Dance Group at 15 Years

An award-winning Bolivian folkloric dance group — started in a local high school and nurtured in any rehearsal space it could find — celebrates its 15th anniversary this weekend with four programs at the ODC theater on 17th and Shotwell. “We always figured out somewhere to practice,” said Isidro Fajardo, 24, the artistic director and choreographer of Bolivia Corazón de...
Photo courtesy of the Embodiment Project

D.I.R.T. To Stir Up Dance Mission Theater

No, it’s not a janitorial problem — D.I.R.T. at Dance Mission Theater is actually a vibrant showcase of artistic and physical skill opening this weekend. Dance In Revolt(ing) Times is a compilation of works featuring choreographers and dancers taking on deeply political themes in a form that gives social thought visible, tangible life. “Dance is interesting because it has a...

Cereal-powered Show At ATA

Dream-inspired movement takes the (window) stage at ATA tonight, when Laurie Buenafe and Bob Webb perform “Husk” from 6to 8 p.m. at Artist’s Television Access. The piece is described as a “harvest ritual of sorts” and has something to do with cornflakes cereal. To find out what that means, readers have to stop by the ATA window this evening, where...
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VIDEO: The Escapement

Katherine Hawthorne explores timekeeping from sundials to the atomic clock through this piece that will be presenting today and tomorrow at the Joe Goode Annex. The Escapement is a piece about the invention of clocks and how we observe time. WHEN:  Friday & Saturday, May 9-10, 2014, 8pm WHERE:  Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St (cross street 17th), San Francisco,...
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‘Nightcap’ Debuts at ODC Theater

“SAN FRANCISCO, November 1, 2012 – For the 61st cycle of its Pilot Program, ODC School and ODC Theater presents ‘Nightcap,’ a sampling of new dances and an evening of good cheer. A cornerstone of ODC’s programming since 1990, the Pilot Program selects a cohort of six artists to receive mentorship in choreography and self-production over the course of an intensive 11-week...
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Dance Mission Theater Hosts World Premiere

Claudia Hubiak founded The Anata Project, a dance company based in New York and San Francisco, in 2011. The company will premiere “Crooked Little Hearts,” a work exploring relationships, intimacy and dependency, at Dance Mission Theater Oct. 19 and 20. Tickets are $15 in advance online, $20 at the door. Available at www.brownpapertickets.com.  
Donald Saldana (in white) teaches a basic salsa step on a makeshift dance floor in Dolores Park.

Learning Salsa Moves in Dolores Park

Donald “Donalio” Saldana squeezes the brakes of his red Univega Vivo Sport bicycle and slows to a stop on 19th Street. He reaches for the boom box that’s tied to his handlebars by two airless bike tubes, and turns up the volume. As he pedals the half-block to Dolores Park, heads turn to see who’s blasting the salsa con timba,...