Dances Made to Order

An interview with Christy Bolingbroke of ODC Theater

8/21/2012 by Kingsley Irons | Comment

Photo by Meg Messina.

Christy Bolingbroke of ODC Theater is the curator of the San Francisco edition of Dances Made to Order – featuring Michelle Fletcher of Here Now Dance Collective, Claudia Anata Hubiak of The Anata Project and Rajendra Serber. Find out a little more about Christy and what makes the San Francisco dance scene so special.

What is exciting about the San Francisco dance scene right now?

The sheer breadth of work being created in San Francisco is always interesting and exciting – classical, contemporary, contact, culturally-specific – but dance film or screen dance seem particularly poised to take off in the Bay Area.

 Tell us about some of the projects you are looking forward to in 2012/2013.

In September 2012, ODC Theater will begin a bi-annual series screening On the dance films followed by group discussions. The first three films will be by Diana Szeinblum (September 5), Morgan Thorson (September 12), and Ralph Lemon (September 19). Also culminating in the month of September will be the work of musician turned filmmaker and ODC Theater Artist-in-Residence Paul Festa with the premiere of his documentary ‘Tie It In to My Hand’ (September 21-22). The film is about the relationship between mentor and student, the artist’s path, the music itself, and the essential conversation between the muses – music and theater, music and dance, music and history, music and film. To round out the fall, ODC Theater will present the West Coast premiere of Thorson’s latest work ‘Spaceholder Festival’ (October 5-7), an evening-length dance that investigates the power of patterns in human behavior. It relates the story found in creative process, a tale that’s part human, part artifact, part culture, part trash with the cast excavating personal history and collective memory through movement while exposing the lies and convictions that shape the narratives we tell ourselves.

If we were going to spend the day with you hanging out in San Francisco, what would we do?

In the morning, we would go to the Ferry Building at the Embarcadero for Blue Bottle Coffee and pack a picnic of produce, pork products and Cowgirl Creamery Cheese. Then, we’d take a road trip to Napa Valley for an afternoon of wine tasting, and return to the city in time for a show probably at ODC Theater, CounterPULSE, or YBCA. If you don’t want to make the drive out to Napa, we can also go on an ice cream crawl across San Francisco – Humphrey Slocombe, Bi-Rite Creamery, Three Twins, Smitten, and Swensen’s.

What is your favorite drink and where do you get it?

Sparkling wine. Prosecco, Cava, Champagne. Bubbles are my go to drink and you can get a sparkling wine flight at Andalu’s (16th and Guerrero)…including a sparkling shiraz.

Tell us something surprising about yourself.

I was a competition dance kid growing up.

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The San Francisco edition is presented in partnership with ODC Theater.