Performance

Scott Wells has a dizzying abundance of pure dance-making talent.

Rachel Howard, SF Examiner full review

**Scott Wells is a two time winner of the Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Choreography**



SF Guardian and Chronicle: Top Ten for dance in 2103

  

Critical Acclaim for Scott Wells & Dancers’ Father ON

Top Ten Lists for dance in 2103:  SF Bay Guardian and SF Chronicle


“ clever, virtuosic “
“A side-splitting, daffy, and moving piece of dance-theatre”, Bachtrack,  Carla Escoda

 “Bravo, Father On: an honest performance filled with grace and humility, fine craftsmanship and emotional intelligence… the cast of five men, all world-­‐class performers took the audience on a darkly humorous and delicately profound journey…. “Sperm Folk Dance” was ingenious…. I prefer that choreographers aim for brevity and leave us wanting more rather than less. Father On is the kind of dance theatre that will bring people back for more.”  Ballet to the People,  Leigh Donlan,

It has been a terrific year for choreographed whimsy and nothing tickled the funny bone more than this collaborative inquiry into the problems and perplexities of fatherhood in an age of shifting parental roles. The project restored Wells to dancing after seven years, but this was a terrific team effort throughout. SF Chronicle, Allan Ulrich

I both laughed till my sides ached and cried when deeply moved.  What begins with five guys sitting around the table on their poker night leads to the slow unveiling of their feelings about parenting, then moving on to the hilarious “Sperm Folk Dance” set to Hungarian gypsy tunes…. It isn’t often that anyone combines rambunctious rebuke and astute thought-provoking ideas so successfully in such a brief span of time.  Dance Tabs,  Aimee Tsao

“I cannot remember laughing tears in a dance audience the way I did…with Father On Wells wraps vulnerability, humor and male atheticism into an appealing package in which fragility and strength inform each other.” Dance View , Rita Felciano

Scott Wells’ ‘Father On’

Andrea Abney, 96 Hours“He has the best kind of artistic ambition.”

So says freelance writer Rachel Howard about choreographer Scott Wells, whose latest work, “Father On,” premieres this week at ODC Theater.

“He doesn’t care about career ladders. He does it for the joy of the work. Nothing is slick,” Howard says. “If he were better at ‘packaging’ his work for promoters - and I thank God he’s not - he’d have an annual season at some big venue in New York. … The upside to his (relative) obscurity is that the work stays raw and unpretentious.”

That work, created in Wells’ “contact improvisation” style, includes “One Fell Swoop: The Art of Skateboarding,” with skateboards and two wooden ramps set up in the former Theater Artaud, and “a piece based on the crazy sport known as parkour,” Howard says.

“That,” she says, “was a perfect match for his thrilling recklessness.”