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21 Star Starred
ODC Theater
at Shotwell Street 3153 17th Street San Francisco, CA 94110
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3.3 / 5 Rated by 6 members
Review from dogmom11

Gorgeous, glossy-haired dancers against an equally stunning video/lighting backdrop. Original score rounds out the immersive experience...don't miss it. Runs about an hour...Arts Patron tix were great--priority seating and a choice of wine or...continued

reviewed Feb 18 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member

We enjoy modern dance and many events at the ODC. But this was more of an hour long performance art piece rather than dance. The movements were also not controlled or elegant, as expected in a good dance performance.

reviewed Feb 17 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Billie Cronen

The theatre was beautiful and it was nice they included a drink, but the dancing was a little too far out for my taste.

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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.” 

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