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Four by Four

  • May 26-28, 2022
  • ODC Theater
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 pm
  • Friday, May 27 at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 28 at 4:00 pm*

Shareen DeRyan, wearing turquoise and maroon, places her hands in the air with specificity.
Mia J. Chong, wearing shades of blue, bands over straight legs and reaches one arm straight to the side.
Chelsea Reichert, wearing purple, twists her arms and torso while her braid swings out to the opposite side.
Alex Carrington, wearing red, curls and twists her arms and legs.

Choreographed by Emily Hansel and co-created by dancers Alex Carrington, Mia J. Chong, Shareen DeRyan, and Chelsea Reichert, Four by Four is a messy attempt at refusing productivity. Since beginning work in November 2021, the artists have been practicing the radical act of not knowing. They’ve been fighting their capitalist tendencies, taking their time, embracing messiness, and prioritizing adaptability. Four by Four, featuring original music composed by Sophia Cotraccia and Bed Juodvalkis and lighting design by Thomas Bowersox, is a contemporary dance that is simultaneously light-hearted, serious, ordinary, and one-of-a-kind.

Four by Four is made possible by contributions from the California Arts Council, ODC Theater’s Rental Discount Initiative, Steppin’ Out Dance Studio, and RoundAntennae.

Tickets are available at a variety of price points and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Ticket buyers are encouraged to consider their economic status when deciding which tickets to purchase. If price is a barrier for you, please email emily@emilyhansel.me to receive a complimentary ticket. Please note that ODC Theater requires all patrons to show proof of up to date COVID-19 vaccination status, which includes boosters for those eligible. Unfortunately, this means that children under age 5, who are not eligible for vaccines at this time, are not invited into ODC's buildings. Learn more at ODC.dance/reopening.

* Saturday's performance will include a free, pre-show event for kids ages 5-12. Learn more and RSVP.


Attend the in-person performance
The performance is just over an hour long and will include audience breaks/intermissions every 15-20 minutes. ODC Theater is an ADA accessible building and includes ADA accessible all-gender bathrooms. All audience members will be required to wear a mask throughout the duration of their visit to ODC Theater.

Watch the performance online
A film version of Four by Four will be available on-demand July 1-31, 2022. This video will include open captions in English. You will be emailed instructions for accessing the film on or before July 1, 2022.

Listen to an audio description online
An English audio description of the Four by Four film will be available on-demand July 1-31, 2022. You will be emailed instructions for accessing the audio description on or before July 1, 2022.

Patrons are invited to correspond with Emily (emily@emilyhansel.me) about specific accessibility concerns or questions.

More About Four by Four

Four by Four is Emily Hansel’s first self-produced, evening-length choreographic work. This project also marks the first time she’s formed a business, hired dancers as employees, and managed such a substantial project budget. Learn more about this process, check out the project budget, and consider making a donation.