SKETCH 8 |orIgin stories


SKETCH 8 | OrIgin stories
june 28-30, 2018

ODC Theater, San Francisco

Each choreographer will self-identify a creative risk they want to tackle, with the goal of breaking habits. The dance makers will center their work on the theme of Origin Stories. Both Gabrielle Lamb and Jennifer Archibald will make their Bay Area Debut.

Artistic Director Amy Seiwert says: “Imagery’s mission is to challenge preconceptions of what ballet is and can be. That manifests not only in the work we present but also in our company’s culture. Ballet dancers are not empty vessels solely meant to reveal a choreographer's vision; instead, they are partners.”

Seiwert continues: “We strive to change the conversation of who creates ballets and how ballets are created. Outside of original works by myself, Imagery has commissioned nine premieres: five of those have been by women, and one by a disabled choreographer. There is much discussion about the lack of female ballet based choreographers, and when you add women of color into that mix, the situation is even more disheartening.”

SKETCH 8 | Origin Stories is co-presented by ODC and supported in part by the Rainin Opportunity Fund at ODC, Zaccho Studio’s Residency Program, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, and the Lighting Artists in Dance Award, a program of Dancers’ Group.


"Some people’s less-than-perfect work is still outstanding, and all three Sketch pieces showcased inventive artists with focused vision and the skill to build cohesivestructure around the chaos of experimentation." - Claudia Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle.

"Seiwert, 19 years into a California-based career as a dancer and dance maker, is a woman of substantial creative gifts". -Janice Berman, Classical Voice.

"Sketch 8 mostly impressed with the quality of the performances by what is essentially a pick-up company with dancers from all over the country. Skill, imagination and a sure choreographic touch also made these premieres more than a novelty". - A Trio To See Again, Rita Felciano, Dance View Times.

SKETCH 8 Dance Fest Cooking Up New Works For SF Performances. - Aimee Ts'ao, Mercury News


OrIgin Stories 

Amy Seiwert
Jennifer Archibald
Gabrielle Lamb

Sarah Cecilia
Alysia Chang
Aidan DeYoung
Matthew Doolin
Joseph A. Hernandez
Beth Ann Maslinoff
Kelsey McFalls
Austin Meiteen

Live music by:
Christen Lien

Christine Darch

Matthew Antaky


Gabrielle Lamb
Music: Maarja Nut

Jennifer Archibald
Music: Anna Thorvalsdottir Seskamol, Angus MacRae

 Amy Seiwert
Music: Elpis, Christen Lien
Viola: Christen Lien