If food is the music of love, play on, but some modern dance to set the scene might be nice as well. Of course, a few munchies and libations aren't the only reason audiences will be flocking to ODC for the dance company's second annual Summer Sampler, which offers up a delectable platter of highly watchable dance. Given the easily, uh, digestible format of the evening (socializing over wine and hors d'oeuvres before shuffling into the intimate studio space), it's also a great opportunity to pack in some dynamic movement and even hear a few words from the horses' mouths about how the performed pieces came to be. ODC's resident choreographers, Brenda Way and KT Nelson, reveal to spectators the impetus behind three pieces created in the last few years: Nelson's Shenanigans, and Way's Unintended Consequences: A Meditation and 24 Exposures. Themes as disparate as love, passion, human rights, and our complicity in creating the current global milieu traipse right alongside breathtaking pas de deux and experiments in form that defy narrative.
Aug. 5-6, 6:30 p.m., 2008