SKETCH 8 |orIgin stories
SKETCH 8 | OrIgin stories
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’sculture. 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 RaininOpportunity Fund at ODC, Zaccho Studio’s Residency Program, San Francisco Grants for theArts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, and the Lighting Artists inDance Award, a program of Dancers’ Group.