From big yellow school bus to Robin Williams and beyond
VAIL – While most fledgling dance companies of the 1970s were setting out for New York City to seek their fame and fortune, Brenda Way flew in the face of convention, heading in the opposite direction, opting instead to relocate the five-year-old ODC/Dance troupe in a big yellow school bus to a port on the left coast.The move paid off because today the ODC/Dance company of 10 world class dancers performs its imaginative repertory for more than 50,000 people annually, with performances in 32 states and 11 countries under their collective belts over the course of the past 35 years.The San Francisco-based troupe will add Vail to their list when they take the stage at the Ford Amphitheater for the Vail International Dance Festival’s “Different Dimensions” Aug. 8. The evening features a trio of American dance companies. ODC/Dance will join forces with Denver’s Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and the Nevada Ballet Theatre to form the lineup for this “festival within a festival.”Founded in 1971 by Artistic Director Brenda Way, ODC/Dance is known throughout the world for its athleticism, passion and intellectual depth. The company has been widely recognized for its fusion of ballet and modern techniques, as well as their numerous groundbreaking collaborations, which have included work with the likes of actor/comedian Robin Williams and Cirque du Soleil’s Geoff Hoyle.
The company’s resident choreographers, Way, KT Nelson and Kimi Okada, are considered among America’s major contemporary choreographers and have created a dynamic movement vocabulary over the past three decades. The trio have received numerous awards and commissions, including four Isadora Duncan Awards, a Tony nomination and a Guggenheim Fellowship. ODC/Dance has performed in virtually every major American venue and festival program, including Jacob’s Pillow, the Olympic Arts Festival, the Spoleto Festival and the New York International Arts Festival.Tickets for “Different Dimensions” are priced from $14 to $55 and are available, along with all other Vail International Dance Festival performance tickets, online at http://www.vvf.org or by calling either 845-TIXS (8497) or 888-920-ARTS (2787). For additional information on the festival, call the Vail Valley Foundation at 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.Vail, Colorado