Exhilarating Multimedia Dance Experience: Holly Johnston's Want
* Additional fees apply.
All offers for Want have expired.
The last date listed for Want was Sunday February 19, 2012 / 7:00pm.
Most Popular Dance Event Nearby:
- Full Price:
- $57.00 - $72.00
- Our Price:
- $28.50 - $36.00
A wildly popular seasonal favorite, Smuin's holiday program celebrates two decades with XXmas. The snow-filled extravaganza from Smuin Ballet boasts everything from tap and swing to traditional and modern ballet, plus dances from around the world set to seasonal music from Elvis, Mozart, The Chieftains, Ray Charles and many others. This year's edition includes dances from acclaimed Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert, company founder Michael Smuin, eclectic choreographer Val Caniparoli and Robert Dekkers of Diablo Ballet and Post:Ballet. Their works will accompany time-honored favorites in a feast of holiday fun. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Quotes & Highlights
- Check out promo photos here.
- The February 18, 2012 performance is followed by a post-show talkback with Holly Johnston and her team, moderated by Acting ODC Theater Director Christy Bolingbroke and ODC Board Treasurer Cynthia McNulty.
ODC Theater is pleased to announce the world premiere of Want by ODC artist in residence Holly Johnston. Johnston is the artistic director of LEDGES AND BONES, a contemporary dance company based in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Want creates an abstract narrative about what it means to be human and to live vividly in the active fulfillment of one’s desires. Ultimately, the work continues Johnston’s research into the mind-body continuum, what she calls “the physics of the mind”: “The body is completely honest,” she says. “It reveals all secrets. Even when we’ve buried a thought or desire deep in our mind, our body inevitably betrays us – often in unconscious ways.”
For more than a decade Johnston has been teaching and choreographing. Throughout this period she has dedicated her practice to a rigorous investigation of the body’s expressive nuances – how the body navigates forces, and how it expresses complex thought. In the process she has earned notice for her work showcasing high-velocity, high-risk partnering and precarious balancing. Her choreography has been likened to martial arts and acrobatics – “turning the body into a dangerous machine” (Los Angeles Times).
Want, however, is Johnston’s first project to make visual design an equal partner in the creative process. “I wanted this piece [Want] to be a fully integrated, collaborative project,” states Johnston. “To that end, I invited a team of visual designers at the outset to work with me in developing the concept of the piece. Whereas in previous projects I conceived of the visual environment as secondary to the choreography, here it does more than merely support or illustrate. The graphic content [of Want] is as kinetic as the dancers.”
Collaborating with visual artists Taso Papadakis, Kyle Ruebsamen, and Michael Fullman, Holly Johnston/LEDGES AND BONES has created an evening-length performance piece that will animate ODC Theater with Projection Mapping Technology. “It sounds sophisticated – and it is – but at bottom, it’s a form of interactive video projection,” explains Johnston. “The video is programmed to follow and respond to the dancers.”
About the Ticket Supplier: ODC Theater
ODC Theater's mission is to empower and develop innovative artists. Its goals are to participate in the creation of new works through commissioning, presenting, mentorship and space access; to develop informed, engaged and committed audiences; and to advocate for the performing arts as an essential component to the economic and cultural development of the community.