The third annual Dance at the Odyssey Festival concludes this weekend with three performances by Kevin Williamson + Company on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. Williamson and a handful of collaborating movement artists will premiere “Gnarled,” a collection of duets that explore themes of detachment, pleasure, withdrawal and aging.
Participating dancer/choreographers include Barry Brannum, Mallory Fabian, Jasmine Jawato, Sebastian Hernandez and Carol McDowell. Kdub, as Williamson calls himself on Instagram and named his own five-year ensemble, has performed locally and internationally with highly respected contemporary dance troupes: David Rousseve/REALITY, David Gordon’s PickUpPerformance, Maria Gillespie/Oni Dance, Stephen Koplowitz and others. He has choreographed for his own and other groups since 2008, as well as collaborated with the LA Phil, LA Opera and theater productions. A BA and MFA graduate of UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance, he is now a faculty member of the Scripps College Dance Department.
The artist’s archives reveal previous interdisciplinary projects presented on stages and site-specific locations. He’s explored topics that range from identity to social media and gentrification through movement, media, text and music. His promotional materials alert viewers that “Gnarled” contains nudity and adult themes.
—Benn Widdey, Culture Spot LA
Location: Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., LA 90025
Tickets: $25 and can be purchased at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pesptpm/10352819/1039817