Open Dance Project’s distinctive performance style creates memorable, immersive experiences that break down conventional barriers between artists and audience members to make dance both more accessible and more meaningful. Collapsing the distance between the subject and the stage through critically acclaimed immersive performances and a commitment to accessibility, ODP’s programs simultaneously demystify dance and make it come alive in a visceral, compelling manner.
Since its inception in 2015, the company has produced 24 world premieres at venues including The Hobby Center, Miller Outdoor Theater, MATCH, The Wortham, and The Moody Center for the Arts, as well as non-traditional venues such as Comic Con, Discovery Green, The Majestic Metro, and Winter Street Studios. ODP’s unique brand of immersive dance-theater earned the company a spot in Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” issue in 2018. The company’s work has been called “hands down the most polished and potent dance theater piece ever to come out of Houston” (Nancy Wozny, Arts & Culture TX) and one of the “top three for reminding us that art is essential, not a luxury, to maintaining our humanity,” (Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle).
Open Dance Project’s educational programming, which accounts for more than 50% of its annual operating budget, now impacts more than 3500 people a year from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, mixed abilities, and ages. Through our partnerships with Young Audiences, the Houston Arts Access Initiative, the Arts for Learning Lab at University of Houston, Shriner’s Hospital, Memorial Hermann, KIPP Houston, and others, ODP’s classroom residencies and professional development workshops for teachers help to ensure that students in underserved communities in Houston have greater access to the arts, and, through that access, a statistically better chance at success in life.