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Monday, October 23, 2017

In Context: boulders and bones

Bay Area-based choreographers Brenda Way and KT Nelson make their BAM debut this season with boulders and bones, a meditation on permanence and decay inspired by British land artist Andy Goldsworthy’s hillside sculpture Culvert Cairn. Driven by cellist Zoë Keating’s propulsive live score, the dancers of ODC/Dance leap and glide through the geologic evocations of RJ Muna’s cinematic mise-en-scène, revealing the high drama simmering beneath Goldsworthy’s quiet earthen articulations.

Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

Program Notes

boulders and bones (PDF)


Interview with Brenda Way (Dance Enthusiast)
The founder and co-artistic director of ODC/Dance elaborates on collaboration and improvisation before the company's BAM debut.

What It Takes to Build a Financially Successful Dance Company (Dance Magazine)
"We're not just struggling for our own work, but to make a place for dance in the popular consciousness."

Way shows the way as a presenter with ODC Theater (San Francisco Chronicle)
Way recalls ODC’s early days as an incubator and nurturer of talent, from Jazz Tap Ensemble to Diamanda Galás to Sarah Michelson.

KT Nelson, part of the process at ODC/Dance (SF Gate)
“I have always been interested in making work that examines contrasting energy lines and visual imagery, which I know is not fashionable today.”


Culvert Cairn—Andy Goldsworthy (
"Whilst this sculpture can be considered...of the more permanent and solid work(s), it is, in fact, about change...lying in wait to be brought to life by the flow of water."

Natural Sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy (Visual Melt)
"Using a seemingly endless range of natural materials—snow, ice, leaves, bark, rock, clay, stones, feathers petals, twigs—he creates outdoor sculpture that manifests, however fleeting, a sympathetic contact with the natural world."

Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (Top Documentary Films)
Watch the 2001 documentary about Goldsworthy's "earthworks."

Now your turn...

How did you enjoy the show? Likes? Dislikes? Surprises? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.


  1. This was a fantastic production...beautifully choreographed and creatively interwoven with both stunning visuals and breath taking music. Was worth every minute of the experience!

  2. Really great. The choreography and the dancers were lacking in their phrasing, though. As a result it lagged in places, and could have been stronger in others. (BTW, I am not part of the dance world.)


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