ODC Theater announces team of guest curators for the 2022 season
ODC Theater, part of the West Coast’s most active contemporary dance center, is proud to announce a team of guest curators for its 2022 season.
This diverse group of dance designers will collaborate in the selection of artists for the Theater Summer Festival, its fall season, as well as its rental program. Guest curators include Marlene Garcia, Alleluia Panis, Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, Charles Slender-White, Dazaun Soleyn, Amara Tabor-Smith and Leyya Mona Tawil.
“Over the past year and a half, ODC’s artistic and executive staff have participated in a series of listening sessions with members of our local community, as well as conversations with regional and national industry leaders. arts and culture, ”said Chloë L. Zimberg, Creative Director of the ODC Theater. “In response to the needs of artists in the Bay Area and beyond, we decided to explore a model of collaborative decision-making in 2022. The dance ecosystem includes a rich assortment of cultures, styles and styles. aesthetic, and we believe that by expanding our leadership in conservation, we can better represent and serve the diversity within our field. ”
The move to guest curation at the ODC Theater in 2022 marks a bit of a throwback to ODC’s beginnings. Prior to the appointment of its first director over 25 years ago, ODC Theater’s annual programs were co-developed by members of its small collective. The curatorship for next season will go further by concentrating the voices of artists outside the ODC.
Slender-White is the founder of FACT / SF, a San Francisco-based contemporary dance company, which has toured internationally of her original works while supporting the development and presentation of work by Bay Area artists to the House. He is also one of 40 Contretechnique professors in the world. Oakland-based Tabor-Smith is the artistic director of the Deep Waters Dance Theater, a performance art ensemble focused on ritual and folklore in an examination of the issues facing people of color and the environment. In recent years, his work has brought to the fore his spiritual practice as a Yoruba priest.
Together, Slender-White and Tabor-Smith will work in coordination with Zimberg to organize ODC Theater’s annual summer festival, scheduled for next June. The festival will offer two weeks of inter-campus activities, highlighting the interplay of works by artists at different stages of their careers, with an emphasis on the creative process, from initial impetus to fully developed work.
In addition to the festival, Slender-White and Tabor-Smith were invited to host two performance weekends in the fall. This mission includes planning a range of community engagement activities, reaching out to performers and audiences in events designed to extend and amplify performances inside the theater.
Over a third of next year’s season, exactly 19 weeks, has been set aside for ODC Theater’s new rental discount initiative. By size, scope and focus on equity, this initiative breaks new ground for ODC. Ten weeks of use of the space will be offered completely free to artists, while the rest will be reduced by 50%. Artists selected for this program have the option of forgoing a publicly ticketed event, with their money focusing instead on developing works at an earlier stage. Additionally, at least 15 of the 19 weeks will be allocated to artists who identify as Black, Indigenous or Indigenous, People of Color, Women, People with Disabilities, and LGBTQIA2S +.
Garcia, Panis, Shaikh, Soleyn and Tawil were selected to review applications and select projects for the Theater Rental Rebate Initiative. Garcia, a participant in ODC’s 2018 Emerging Choreographer Development Pilot Program, has appeared on stages across the Bay Area, from the ODC Theater to Grace Cathedral. In 2018, the International Dance Festival Competition recognized his choreography fusing styles ranging from contemporary to hip hop.
Panis is the founder of KULARTS, which showcases contemporary and traditional Filipino arts. Since 1985, she has created 20 evening dance-theater works, touring the United States and abroad, from the Kennedy Center to the Singapore Arts Festival. Shaikh, a former student of Chitresh Das, is the founder of Noorani Dance. Her specialty is Kathak, one of the eight classical forms of Indian dance, which she taught at ODC as part of the school’s Global Dance Passport program. Since 2015, she has divided her time between the United States and Pakistan.
Since completing his training in the Alonzo King LINES ballet program, Solyen has founded his own company, dazaun.dance, receiving commissions from the Oakland Ballet Company, the Black Choreographers Festival, the Alonzo Ballet Summer Program. King LINES and the University of San Francisco where he currently serves. as an adjunct professor. Finally, Tawil is an American-Syrian-Palestinian performer and choreographer who, over a 25-year career, has performed on stages ranging from the Abrons Arts Center in New York to the squares of Turku, Finland. Tawil’s company, DANCE ELIXIR, operates out of TAC, Temescal Art Center, in Oakland.
Four other guest curators will be announced at a later date. They will be entrusted with the role of curator of the ODC Theater lobby gallery space, rotating quarterly, with free “First Friday Lobby Nights” each month.
An ODC Theater 2022 season schedule announcement will be released later this fall. For more information visit odc.dance / theater.