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Dance Performances by ODC/San Francisco Bring the Creative Power of Raphael to Life at the Getty

November 27, 2000

Los Angeles--The extraordinary dance and eloquent style of ODC/San Francisco come to the J. Paul Getty Museum in December as part of the Gordon Getty Concert Serires. The performance features one world premiere and two Los Angeles premieres by the ODC's award winning choreographer Brenda Way. The core presentation takes its inspiration from the international traveling exhibition Raphael and His Circle: Drawings from Windsor Castle, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum through January 7, 2001. Performances take place on Saturday, December 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m. in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Drive. Tickets are $20 and are available through Tickets L.A.: 323-655-TKTS. The Gordon Getty Concert Series places Museum exhibitions in richer historical context through performance.

The centerpiece of the program is the world premiere of Way's Garden Tour: Impressions of Raphael. Garden Tour, inspired by the creative power of Raphael's drawings, is an impressionistic amalgam of movements responding to architectural space, landscape and the human figure. Way worked with several of Raphael's dramatically suggestive scenarios to explore the physical dynamism that characterizes his drawings. The end result is a loose scenario, a walking tour of Raphael's imagination. Way is ODC/San Francisco's Artistic Director and a 2000 recipient of a prestigious Guggenheim fellowship. The work is set to a contemporary score, Jay Cloidt's "Life is Good . . . and People Are Basically Decent," which features everyday sounds in concert with melody and tonal exploration.

The Getty performance also features a preview of 24 Exposures, a new piece set to premiere during the Company's 30th anniversary in San Francisco, April 2001. Comprised of seven sections, 24 Exposures traces the evolution of movement vision--from pedestrian to virtuosic movement and from formal construct to emotional narrative. Set to Edgar Meyer's re-interpretation of American folk music tradition (performed by Mar O'Connor, YoYo Ma and Meyers), the music suggests unmistakable parallels to Way's work. Both Meyers and Way are forging an American voice inspired by classical sources yet deeply informed by contemporary appetites.

Rounding out the program is Way's 1993 work John Somebody, reprised for the Company's 2000-2001 repertory season. A fast-paced, demanding work choreographed for two women and three men, John Somebody is set to a score by Scott Johnson.

Through a collection of drawings that is among the world's finest, Raphael and His Circle: Drawings from Windsor Castle celebrates Raphael as one of Western art's most influential figures. A pivotal artist of the Italian Renaissance, Raphael had a phenomenal capacity to absorb many influences, an unequaled sense of grace and harmony, and the organizational ability to execute large-scale commissions with a team of artists. His workshop in Rome enjoyed illustrious patronage and completed some of the defining projects of the High Renaissance.

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About ODC/San Francisco:
ODC/San Francisco is known throughout the world for its exuberant repertory and witty style of choreography. The juxtaposition of the Company's exciting athletic style and eloquence of movement has garnered wide acclaim from critics and audiences worldwide. ODC/San Francisco's three resident choreographers--Brenda Way, KT Nelson, and Kimi Okada--considered among America's finest contemporary women choreographers, have created a unique movement vocabulary that has been emulated by the field as a whole over the years. Known nationally for its entrepreneurial savvy as well as artistic innovation, ODC is distinctive in that it was the first American modern dance company to build its own resident facility, from which it also operates the ODC School, Theater and Gallery. ODC's programs have launched numerous careers and introduced an extensive roster of esteemed national and international artists to Bay Area audiences. In addition, ODC has developed an extremely effective and highly regarded outreach program centered on the artistic process, which it implements in the Bay Area and across the country.

About the Getty:

The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that features the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

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