Freedom on The Rock: Students to perform at Ai Weiwei installation

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Photo of dance rehearsal in Alcatraz cell block
Courtesy of ODC/Dance

Students Oona Wong, Leesha Ziever and Simone Wend bring the power of dance to “The Rock” this Friday in a performance that is part of the opening night festivities for the new Ai Weiwei art installation.

The Dance majors are interns at the San Francisco contemporary troupe ODC/Dance, which will perform a piece titled Speaking Volumes. According to ODC Artistic Director Brenda Way, the piece explores the issues of censorship, constraint and freedom, extolling values of resilience and the enduring power of expression.

The main attraction is @Large, Ai Weiwei’s provocative new installation dealing with issues of human rights and freedom of expression, both internationally and in the context of Alcatraz’s history as a site of detainment and protest. The prison-wide exhibition includes large-scale sculpture, sound and media works. It is open through April 26.

Proceeds from the dance performance and other opening night events, will be used to benefit organizations such as FOR-SITE, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

—Lynn Brown


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