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ODC's Music Moves Festival Runs Now thru 8/24

ODC's Music Moves Festival Runs Now thru 8/24

ODC Theater has announced the program for the Music Moves Festival, nearly a full month of diverse performances emphasizing the relationship between music and dance. Festival highlights include the West Coast debut of Dance Heginbotham as well as works by Joe Goode, Pearl Marill, Kate Weare, Randy Paufve and Brenda Way. A series of one-night only concerts features artists Holcombe Waller, Keith Terry & Corposonic, Dandelion Dancetheater's Bandelion ensemble and San Jose Taiko with DJ Bangerz. Finally, the Festival spotlights Namita Kapoor and Rueda con Ritmo, performing as part of ODC Theater's biannual Dance and Diaspora series, and Milissa Payne Bradley and Antoine Hunter, this year's Theater Unplugged artists. The Music Moves Festival runs today, July 31 to August 24, 2014.

"Music Moves features music choices that teach us how to view dance, and choreography that shows us how to listen to music," says Theater Director Christy Bolingbroke. "The Festival is also timed to correspond with ODC's inaugural Next Moves Summer Intensive, a dance training program designed to connect aspiring professionals and seasoned dancers with top choreographers, teachers and performers. We wanted to amplify our summer programming this year to provide quality performances for these students as well as our Bay Area audiences."

On Thursday, July 31 ODC's flagship dance company ODC/Dance opens the festival with its Summer Sampler, featuring two works by ODC Founder and Artistic Director BRENDA WAY. Breathing Underwater is a dance for four women set to music by popular "avant cellist" and composer Zoë Keating, well-known for using a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of sound. ODC dancer Natasha Adorlee Johnson sets the tone for the piece and for the Festival when she enters the stage singing. Way's Lifesaving Maneuvers, by turns humorous and darkly evocative, reflects on the human capacity to endure. Created for the full company and set to an original commissioned score by celebrated composer Jay Cloidt, Lifesaving Maneuvers is structured as a series of chapters investigating the things we do to survive - from the sly or invisible to the sensational.

The Festival continues Sunday, August 3 with two evenings of song and dance by the JOE GOODE PERFORMANCE GROUP performing excerpts from the last two decades of the company's repertoire. Titled Irresistibly Drawn, the evening features company alumna Marit Brook-Kothlow as a guest performer. Portland-based singer-songwriter Holcombe Waller, who collaborated with JGPG on Small Experiments in Song and Dance (2009), will also make a guest appearance.

John Heginbotham spent 14 years dancing with the Mark Morris Dance Group before striking out on his own as a choreographer three years ago, earning plaudits for his "distinct voice" (Dance Magazine) and "magical mind" (The New Yorker). ODC Theater is pleased now to present DANCE HEGINBOTHAM in its West Coast debut, Thursday, August 7 to Saturday August 9. The company will perform three works. Twin is a work for six dancers, set to music by Aphex Twin,described by The Guardian as "the most inventive and influential figure in contemporary electronic music." Closing Bell, a quartet, is set to Tyondai Braxton's large-scale orchestral score Central Market. Finally, Heginbotham will himself perform a solo based on an Air Mail Dance score by Remy Charlip.

PEARL MARILL is a Bay Area artist known for her impressive athleticism and comic acuity. In the premiere of Some Bodies Confessional, Sunday, August 10 to Monday, August 11, Marill will offer audiences her trademark blend of conceptual performance and pop culture. Within a new performance framework for Marill, this evening-length work for a small ensemble of dancers is a choreographed blend of "dance purges," interspersed with music and text.


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