ODD was conceived as a merging of AXIS dance company and inkBoat, companies with very different ways of making work. Utilizing the paintings of Odd Nerdrum, we created our responses and reflections of the paintings. To increase the sense of reflection, one of Nerdrum's apprentices was present at each performance, painting the dance of the paintings.
ODD created by AXIS Dance Company & inkBoat
Directed by: Shinichi Iova-Koga
Performed by: Rodney Bell, Janet Das, Sonsherée Giles, Sebastian Grubb, Alice Sheppard, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Dana Iova-Koga, Yuko K, Sherwood Chen, Peiling Kao
Music Composed by: Joan Jeanrenaud
Live Music by: Joan Jeanrenaud (cellist) and Dohee Lee (vocals & percussion)
AXIS Artistic Director: Judith Smith
inkBoat Artistic Director: Shinichi Iova-Koga
Production Manager: Patrick Hajduk
Stage Manager: Pat Mahoney
Lighting Designer: Heather Basarab
Costumes by: Sonsherée Giles
Set by: Dennis Palazzolo
"ODD is a dreamscape in which shapes and ideas coalesce into metaphors -- if you are inclined to see that way -- only to evaporate into fragments that on their own keep building a continuum of fragile strength. I kept thinking of clouds that materialize into recognizable formations and blow apart at the next passing of a wisp of air. Tiny gestures -- a shaking head, a trembling limb -- might be barely noticeable on one dancer but they acquired weight when they turned up on other bodies. Often they suggested commonality or some kind of mysterious communication. Dancers might be spread apart, each one engaged in his or own exploration when Iova-Koga pulled them together into unisons of, for instance, unevenly upstretched arms and upward glances. "ODD's" pacing flowed almost filmically so when everything stopped, as it did several times, you held your breath. At one point an explosion left the stage sprawled as with corpses. The only motion came from a spinning wheel of an overturned wheel chair. The silence was deafening."
Review by Rita Feliciano
The commissioning and production of this world premiere of ODD is made possible by The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation Choreographer Collaboration Awards 2008 initiative. Addi- tional funding was granted by the National Endowment for the Arts, The MAP Fund, Kenneth Rainin Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.
Thank you to the individual commissioners of ODD: Liz Aguila, Shelley Bergum, Della Davidson & Mark Reiff, Anna & Joseph dos Ramos, Susan Foster, Marilynn Hall & Alan Baskin, Elliot & Linda Halpern, Mishana Hosseinioun, Jon Houde, Bonnie Lewkowicz & Megan Schirle, Charles & Gerry McAvoy, Chuck & Thoebe McAvoy, Mollie & Andrew McFarland, Tom Metz & David Bright- man, Nancy Nelson, Leeor Neta; in honor of Melissa Whippo Neta, Michael Perreault, Dax Pierson, Robin Pomerance & Tricia Carbone in memory of Janet Johnston, Laurie Sanchez, Girish Satya & Purvi Sangani, Judith Smith & Iva Walton, Joel Snyder & Esther Geiger, Deirdre & Guy Spencer, John & Lauren Steinberg, Cheryl Ward, Brenda & Jim Waters, in memory of Richard Jew & in honor of Renee Waters, with additional Anonymous Donors.