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Open Dance Project Work Samples

6 Selections of 5 minutes each demonstrating the theatrical range, physical virtuosity, and aesthetic excellence of Open Dance Project's collaboratively devised ensemble dance theater works.

Open Dance Project has been creating immersive dance theater since its inception in 2015. These annual performance experiences deal with real-world subject matter - looking inward at the personal emotional experience in the midst of significant social and historical events. ‘Bout a Stranger (2017), DADA Gert (2018), Panopticon (2019), and All the Devils Are Here: A Tempest in the Galapagos (2021) and upcoming Bonnie & Clyde (2022) break down the barrier between artist and audience by inviting the audience members into the performance where they walk among the set and dancers, experiencing the intimacy and depth of performers’ expressive physicality and the real-world connections and historicity of elements in the set, objects, projections, and sound.

Each Open Dance Project season includes a world premiere adaptation of a beloved children’s tale for family audiences. ODP’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2017) , Peter & Wendy (2018), Alice (2019), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (2020/2021), and the upcoming Wonka! (2022) offer accessible entry points for young audiences to experience the magic of dance theater through the lens of a familiar narrative that celebrates the creativity and imagination of a young protagonist. These performances feature aerial silks, acrobatics, humor, and moments of audience interaction to engage and invite our young audience members into the joy of the theatrical experience. ODP2, our youth ensemble, composed of dance artists ages 12 - 18 perform alongside our professional company, giving our young audience members a demonstration of the creative potential of young people through their own participation.

Dada Gert (2018) Work Sample

Selections from Open Dance Project's DADA GERT, inspired by and sourced from the life, work, and autobiographies of renegade dance/theater/film artist Valeska Gert and set in Weimar Berlin. This sample demonstrates the depth and integrity of ODP’s creative/historical research and the resulting integration of archival source material in text, body, music, and projection. Performed at The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University. Concept and choreographic direction by Annie Arnoult. Music by Hunter Perrin and archival sources. Set by Ryan McGettigan. Lighting by David Deveau. Sound by Bryan Ealey. Projections by Christopher Ash and David Deveau. Costumes by Jeff Hancock. Production management by Christina Maley. Video documentation by Ben Doyle. Performances by Annie Arnoult, Brittany Thetford Deveau, Tehillah Hartmann, Sarah Lyman, Taylor McAnulty, Seth McPhail, Alisa Mittin, Alonzo Moore, Elizabeth Nalley Grossberg, Stacy Skolnik, Joseph Stevens, and Davis Stumberg.

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