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Pilot Program Application Deadline
December 01
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Emerging choreographers are immersed in an intimate 11-week session where they are mentored in choreography and aspects of self-production including promotion, publicity, marketing and technical theater production. Curated by the ODC School and the ODC Theater, the Pilot Program has encouraged the artistic and professional development of up and coming choreographers by providing a performance venue and a framework for self-production and promotion for over twenty years. The emphasis on collective spirit and the philosophy of "by our own bootstraps" creates artistic alliances and a strong support system. Choreographers choose what kind of piece they would like to create, and find their own dancers and collaborators for the work. Selection is based on the strength of the written project description and its clarity of intent.

For the first time, the Pilot 62 will focus on a specific framework incorporating new trends and choreographic interests – “Dance for Camera”.  Artists will create a short piece (10 minutes maximum) which incorporates film.  The piece can be solely a dance film, or a live performance piece with a film element. Performances will be at the ODC Theater.  As with all Pilots, artists will be responsible for all creative elements including hiring of dancers, collaborators, costumes, and props.  Artists must have access to their own camera and editing equipment.  We are pleased to announce the Pilot mentor will be choreographer and dance filmmaker Cari Ann Shim Sham* from Los Angeles.

Past Pilot Artists have burst onto the Bay Area dance scene and beyond and credit Pilot as an invaluable experience. The Pilot Program has supported over 290 artists since its inception in 1990.

Previous Pilot Artists Include:
Lizz Roman, Kara Davis, Jo Kreiter, Nora Chipaumire, Amy Foley, Sarah Michelson, Faye Driscoll, Erika Chong Shuch, Todd Eckert, Marina Fukushima, Amy Seiwert, Paco Gomes, Andrew Wass, Kelly Kemp, and Catherine Galasso


The Pilot Program is the lifeboat to greater destinations for choreographers. -Zoe Fyfe, Pilot 45

My connections with ODC instilled a confidence and a sense of belonging that gives me courage to embark on my dream of producing an evening-length work of my own. -Blair Bodie, Pilot 52

An artistic self-help group that gives you the tools to successfully produce your art. -Michael Velez, Pilot 54

To Apply
Six artists are selected each session by the ODC School and ODC Theater Directors with additional guest panelists.  Curation is based on the strength of the written project description. No work sample submissions are accepted.

Next application deadline: in hand by Dec 1, 2012 at 5pm (not a postmark deadline).

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Pilot 62 Performance Dates:
March 22 & 23,  2013


-$10 application fee, $90 due on acceptance to the program
-First Meeting: Friday, January 4, 2013
-Must be available all Friday mornings from 8:30-10:00am for regular meetings from January-March, 2013
-Required dance/film working session:  Saturday, January 5th, 10:00am-4:00pm
-Required Showings: Sunday, February 3rd, 10:00am-1:00pm, and Sunday, March 3rd, 10:00am-1:00pm


Kimi Okada, ODC School Director415.863.6606 x201,

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