Founded in 1971 by Artistic Director Brenda Way, who trained under the legendary George Balanchine, ODC originated as Oberlin Dance Collective. It was named after Oberlin College in Ohio, where Way was on faculty. The adventurous artists loaded up a yellow school bus and relocated to San Francisco in 1976.
Since those early days, the company has been widely recognized for its rigorous technique and for its numerous groundbreaking collaborations. It has performed for more than a million people in 32 states and 11 countries. They aim to inspire audiences, cultivate artists, engage community, and foster diversity and inclusion through dance. The company will be performing boulders and bones.
ODC will be joined by KU’s University Dance Company. UDC is a pre-professional performance ensemble that performs locally, regionally and nationally.