Collection by Aaron Britt

Dancing About Architecture


Steve Martin is widely credited with the off-handed critical cut: "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." And though modern dance troupes have taken up just that subject on plenty of occasions, the Architecture of Light, the performance accompanying last night's opening of the revamped ODC/San Francisco theater building may well have been the first time dancers have played architectural tour guides. Mark Cavagnero and Associates Architects went to work expanding and improving part of ODC's modern dance campus in San Francisco's Mission District in 2006, and last night the building jolted to life as the company led the assembled guests through the new space--from an office, to a studio, to the cafe, to the main theater--over a series of six interlocking dances. It was amazing. All architectural tour guides should immediately drop their musty old blueprints and race straight to the Pina Bausch tapes.

Architect Mark Cavagnero had done a masterplan for ODC, the commission for their dance commons building went to another...
The night of the Architecture of Light, the structure was all lit up by lighting designer Elaine Buckholtz.
The performance started in this room, which right now is meant to be an office but could become another studio space.
Here's another view from the street of the dancers in what will be the cafe space.
As we were led from one space to the next, getting a sense of the circulation of the building, we eventually came to...
Here's another view of the dancers in the ground-floor studio.
Here we are back upstairs in one of the large studios.
Here's a view of the cafe space from the interior.
I haven't gotten a chance to have a look at the interior of the space during daylight, but there was much talk about...
The performance last night ended in the main auditorium space, which is massive compared to the studio spaces.