NOVEMBER 5-7: “ODD”, at ODC in San Francisco. Tickets available via ODC website.
NOVEMBER 12-14: “ODD”, at Malonga in Oakland. Tickets available viaBrown Paper Ticketsor call 1-800-838-3006.
” Kitsch is the opposite of the public space, of the public conversation, of the demand for objectivity and functionality. Kitsch is the intimate space, our selves, our love and our congeniality, our yearnings and our hopes, and our tears, joys and passion. Kitsch comes from the creative person’s private space, and speaks to other private spaces. Kitsch deals therefore with giving intimacy dignity.” ~Odd Nerdrum, 2000
For the first time ever inkBoat dancers Sherwood Chen, Dana Iova-Koga, Yuko K, and Peiling Kao will share the stage with AXIS Dance Company, one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles to integrate performers with and without disabilities. The resulting world-premiere collaboration, ODD, is a series of dances choreographed by current ODC artist-in-residence and inkBoat Artistic Director Shinichi Iova-Koga, with musical accompaniment by famed cellist/composer Joan Jeanrenaud (formerly of the Kronos Quartet) and musician/vocalist Dohee Lee. The collaboration was inspired by the paintings of Odd Nerdrum, the Scandinavian painter renowned for his emulation of old-master techniques and textures, and his devotion to the depiction of flesh. With echoes of Rembrandt and Caravaggio, Nerdrum plumbs the depths of the human condition, exploring themes of loneliness, fear, brutality, hatred, sexuality, birth, death, and degradation with a precision that borders on the hallucinatory.
“[AXIS Dance Company’s] dancing drew us in, and by the finale, the evening was coruscating with brilliant dancing, and there was no place on earth I’d rather be.” -Dance View Times
“Jeanrenaud’s sheer technical virtuosity is what a listener notices first–the full-voiced beauty of her string tone, her melodic fluency, her rock steady ryhthmic control.” -San Francisco Chronicle
“…inkBoat is at the forefront of a new generation. Founder Shinichi Iova-Koga creates startlingly imaginative psychological journeys of humor and horror…”
-San Francisco Chronicle
Joan Jeanrenaudwith Dohee Lee (music)
Directed and Choreographed by Shinichi Iova-Koga
Music Composed by Joan Jeanrenaud
Image: AXIS Dance Company and Inkboat in ‘ODD’. Photo by Michele Clement