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October 13, 2015

DANCECleveland Presents Breathtaking ODC/Dance at the Ohio Theatre on November 7

"There's nothing ordinary about San Francisco's ODC/Dance."

Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle

"You can't really look away, and why would you want to?"

Janice Berman, former editor, Dance Magazine

DANCECleveland Presents Breathtaking ODC/Dance at the Ohio Theatre on November 7

Former Oberlin company returns to its roots with heralded work "boulders and bones" featuring live music and stunning visuals

CLEVELAND (September 11, 2015) Hailed by The New York Times for their "expressive and technically complex work," San Francisco-based ODC/Dance returns to its Ohio roots as part of DANCECleveland's 60th anniversary season on Saturday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre, co-presented with Playhouse Square.

The evening features the company's heralded multi-layered work boulders and bones, with live music by acclaimed avant-cellist Zo Keating and stunning visuals by photographer RJ Muna.

"ODC/Dance was born at Oberlin College as the Oberlin Dance Collective, so we're thrilled to bring them back to help celebrate our 60th anniversary season," says DANCECleveland Executive Director Pam Young.

Tickets, starting at $25, can be purchased at, by calling 216-241-6000, or at the Playhouse Square ticket office at 1501 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland.

Created by Artistic Director Brenda Way in 1971, ODC/Dance made the jump from Ohio to San Francisco in 1976 and transformed into a groundbreaking contemporary dance company that now travels across the globe to critical acclaim. Way, who trained under legendary choreographer George Balanchine, creates smart, exuberant and fearless works that push the boundaries of dance. ODC/Dance has "become more sophisticated without losing its humanistic principles and questioning spirit," says Dance Magazine.

Inspired by British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy, boulders and bones (2014) is set to a commissioned score by cellist Keating, who performs live on stage, with the bold choreography of Way and KT Nelson, touching on transformation in both art and nature. Muna's cinematic mise en scene, which uses time-lapse photography to trace the shifting light, changing landscape, and building process of Goldsworthy's installation, takes audiences through the chaos of the creative process to the clarity of realization. The San Francisco Chronicle hails boulders and bones as "breathtaking," "clever" and "thrillingly danced."

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DANCECleveland, a Cleveland, Ohio based non-profit, is one of a handful of presenters nationally that is dedicated solely to the presentation of modern and contemporary dance. The centerpiece of the organization's programming is its annual performance series. The performances are surrounded by an array of educational outreach events including artist-run master classes, residency programs, student matinees, pre-performance lectures and post-performance Q&A sessions, designed both to break artistic boundaries and provide community access to the dance aesthetic and dance luminaries that DANCECleveland brings to Northeast Ohio.


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