December 5-7 at 8pm, December 8 at 7pm at ODC Theater in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 11, 2013 – Scott Wells & Dancers is proud to announce the world premiere of FATHER ON,an evening-‐length dance about 21st-‐century fatherhood co-‐created by Scott Wells and Sheldon B. Smith. Father Onruns December 5 -‐ 8, 2013 at ODC Theater.
Father Onexplores the many joys and complexities that make up fathering in an era of two-‐income earner households. Performed by an all-‐male ensemble, Father Oncombines the artists’
autobiographies with physical invention to explore the often contradictory ways in which fathers are expected to act today.
“Father Onis a natural extension of my career’s focus in making dances for men (Rocky v. Baryshnikov, Wrestling with Affection, Dad’s War),”says Wells. “As a father myself, the question of how to raise children is often a topic of conversation, and I have become very familiar with the corner of the bookstore devoted to parenting. There’s unconditional parenting, attachment parenting, hand-‐in-‐hand parenting, authoritative parenting, instinctive parenting, permissive parenting, free range parenting – the list goes on.”
Father Onapproaches the confusion of competing parenting theories with a mixture of genuine curiosity and dark humor. The moments of conception and birth, a toddler’s meltdown and bedtime, among many others are spurs for physical invention.
“Like the stories that we make up to entertain our kids on a long drive, Father Onis filled with moments of playful nonsense and moments of tender truths,” adds Smith. “The work features unpredictable interruptions and multiple attempts to resolve all manner of messy circumstances.”
Father Onis Wells and Smith’s first collaboration together. They are joined by performers Stephen Buescher, Rajendra Serber and Christoph Schutz.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and may be purchased online at odcdance.org/buytickets.php or by calling the ODC Theater box office at 415-‐863-‐9834, Monday through Friday from 12-‐3pm.
ABOUT SCOTT WELLS
Scott Wells, Artistic Director of Scott Wells & Dancers, has created new works in San Francisco every year since 1992 including dances for skateboarders and boxers, and choreography for West Side Story(Sonoma State University). In 2005 and 2010 Wells received the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Outstanding Choreography. In 2005 Wells was selected by Dance Magazineas “one of 25 To Watch”. Other honors include a GOLDIE (1994) and the Lester Horton Award for Choreography (1995). Since 1996 Wells has toured Europe teaching and performing at festivals in Moscow, Barcelona, Budapest, Berlin, Vienna, Zagreb and Warsaw among others. Locally he has taught at A.C.T., the San Francisco Conservatory for Dance and UC Berkeley. He is currently an artist in residence at ODC Theater.
ABOUT SHELDON B. SMITH
Sheldon B. Smith, co-‐artistic director of Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts, has been making dance, music and video art for close to twenty years. Prior to his move to Berkeley, CA he was a vital member of Chicago’s experimental performance community. He has received generous funding from a Theater Bay Area CA$H grant, the National Performance Network, the Chicago DanceMakers Forum, the Illinois Arts Alliance, and the Cultural Affairs Office of Chicago. He was also the recipient of the winter 2006 CounterPULSE, SF Artist Residency. His dances have been seen throughout the Midwest, Alaska, Colorado, and California, as well as in Philadelphia and New York City. He is currently a full-‐time visiting Assistant Professor in the Mills College dance department