July 17-20, 2019

ODC Theater, San Francisco

SKETCH 9 : PERSPECTIVE marks the 9th iteration of Imagery's celebrated SKETCH Series, an annual creative laboratory which provides a safe place for risk-taking in ballet-based choreography. During an intensive 5-week rehearsal period three choreographers will each create a new ballet for the eight dancers of Amy Seiwert’s Imagery. Original works by Amy Seiwert, Artistic Fellow Ben Needham-Wood, and Chicago-based choreographer Stephanie Martinez explore new potentials on utilizing projection as a theatrical lighting source, stepping out of the traditional mindset of how to light a ballet.

SKETCH 9 : PERSPECTIVE is co-presented by ODC and supported in part by NEA Arts Work and Zaccho Studio’s Residency Program. Imagery is supported by The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the Fleishhacker Foundation.

Photo by Scot Goodman.

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We are committed to make our shows accessible to as many people as possible. In this light we provided an ASL interpreter and offered a Live Audio Description and Haptic Access Tour by Gravity Access Services for visually impaired audience members.
ODC Theater is ADA accessible.


Amy Seiwert
Ben Needham-Wood
Stephanie Martinez

Isaac Bates-Vinueza
Alysia Chang
Joseph A. Hernandez
Peter Kurta
Kelsey McFalls
Austin Meiteen
Constanza Murphy
Shania Rasmussen

Christine Darch

Brian Jones

Video Artists:
Olivia Ting
Chris Correa
Ben Estabrook



Performance photos by Chris Hardy.



“Audiences have discovered that at Sketch, they have a front-row seat to see someone take a risk,” choreographer Ben Needham-Wood.- Preview by Claudia Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle.

“You don’t really get the chance to make a beautiful mistake, especially in the ballet world. Ballet can be a bit of a museum, and we need to foster new ways of doing things. Otherwise everything looks the same.”- Stephanie Martinez, SKETCH 9 Choreographer.

Amy Seiwert Wants to Give Everyone Permission to Fail. Lou Fancher, San Francisco Classical Voice.