extreme lyric I

Co-produced by ODC Theater



for the premiere of
extreme lyric I
inspired by and featuring
Ann Carson's translations of the Greek poet Sappho

Fragment 16
Some men say an army of horse and some men say an army on foot
and some men say an army of ships is the most beautiful thing
on the black earth. But I say it is
what you love.           

Many credit the Greek poet Sappho with inventing the “lyric I,” a point of view anchored in the first person singular. 
What do her ecstatic poems teach us?

Can we afford to lose ourselves?
Can we afford not to?

This intimate work, a conversation between contemporary gender identities and an ancient approach to ecstasy, will be performed for small audiences in the round.  Featuring Super 8 film projection design by Ian Winters, sound design by Theodore Hulsker, costume design by Tiffany Amundson, and lighting and set design by Tony Shayne. Original performance text in collaboration with Maxe Crandall. Performers: Maxe Crandall, Rose Huey, Tara McArthur, Hope Mohr, Suzette Sagisi, Jane Selna and Karla Quintero.

Thursday - Saturday October 4-6, 2018
Shows @ 7 PM & 9 PM
at ODC Theater (3153 Shotwell Street, SF)
Tickets: $20 - $50

extreme lyric I is made possible through support from individual donors, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and Lighting Artists in Dance, a program of Dancers' Group. HMD will develop the work in part during a creative residency at Petronio Residency Center, a program of the Stephen Petronio Company. HMD's 2018 programming is supported by the California Arts Council, Center for Cultural Innovation, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the Joe Goode Annex and ODC Theater.


Photo of HMD dancers Jane Selna and Karla Quintero by Margo Moritz. Concept/design Aza Raskin.