Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre

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Performances are at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on February 13, 14, 15, 21 and 22.

This installation is part of the 2014 SKYLINE Event – held February 13 – 22, 2014, in Downtown Los Angeles.  For event information, please click on the ‘SKYLINE Main Menu’ link above.   For more SKYLINE 2014 installations, please click on the ‘Artist/Architect Installationslink above.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theater

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre

Cooper Design Space
860 S. Los Angeles – 11th Floor Penthouse
Fashion District, Downtown Los Angeles

This performance will take place at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on the following dates:
February 13, 14, 15, 21 and 22.

Performances last approximately 15 minutes.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will activate an interactive urban ecology in downtown Los Angeles in conjunction with architect Filipa Valente’s project “Liminoid Garden*.” With dancers reacting to the shifting lights and sounds of Valente’s environmentally-responsive “bloom” installations, the collaboration will immerse viewers in a living, breathing space that pairs the immediate surrounds of the urban jungle with the amoebic vitality of the natural world.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre creates ephemeral contemporary art experiences in extraordinary places that boldly redefine the relationship between audience and art. The collaboration will build upon the company’s almost thirty-year legacy of site-specific performance. Infusing nontraditional sites including local laundromats, abandoned hotels, and Los Angeles’ City Hall with daring performance, the company uses the never-ending urban motion of the city to animate bodies, enliven total environments, and engage citizens on the ground.

At SKYLINE 2014, the company will invigorate a downtown penthouse with symbiotic movement, working alongside “Liminoid Garden*” to create a play space that shifts according to real-time behaviors. Viewers will have the opportunity to observe, touch, and interface with Valente’s light and sound-sensory, experimental floral forms whose interactivity demonstrates a striking contextual awareness. Alongside the participants’ kinetic and spatial exploration, two athletic company dancers will investigate cycles of circulation and growth using their own human bodies. Adding dynamic motion to the sights and sounds of the penthouse space, they will simultaneously respond to Valente’s artificial organisms as well as the other human beings surrounding them.

With the stunning visual backdrop of downtown visible through the penthouse’s floor-to-ceiling windows, the environment created by the company and Valente will reflect the nature of the area as a unique, ever-changing biosphere. The interactive installations and performance will remind viewers of the layers of nature and artifice encircling them throughout their daily lives in the city.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Bio

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre creates ephemeral contemporary art experiences in extraordinary places that boldly redefine the relationship between audience and art. Through cultivating innovative collaborations with artists, arts organizations and underserved communities, the company brings meaningful interdisciplinary dance to new audiences throughout Los Angeles and the world.

For over twenty-five years, the company has infused nontraditional sites including local laundromats, abandoned hotels, and Los Angeles’ City Hall with daring performance. Using the never-ending urban motion of the city, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre animates bodies, enlivens total environments, and engages citizens on the ground. Since site-specific work takes place beyond the proscenium stage, the company’s process and practice is inherently and closely tied with the public and civic spheres. The company envisions and choreographs with the intention of piquing the interest of the public, inviting interaction through movement and dance, and providing individuals with exciting, challenging, and innovative artwork.

HEIDI DUCKLER is the Artistic Director and founder of Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre. Since its inception in 1985, she has choreographed more than 100 original dance works at unique sites in Russia, Hong Kong, New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, and throughout Southern California including Los Angeles City Hall, Lincoln Heights Jail, the Los Angeles River, the Herald Examiner Building, the former Ambassador Hotel and the Los Angeles Police Academy. Titled “the reigning queen of site-specific performance,” by the L.A. Times, her work has been commissioned by Miami Light, Grand Performances, REDCAT, Aben Dans in Denmark, Brookfield Properties, and the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, among others.  She earned a BS in Dance from the University of Oregon and an MA in Choreography from UCLA. Duckler recently participated in the Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s Arts Leadership Initiative and the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Cultural Master Plan Advisory Committee. She has most recently been honored with the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival’s Maverick Award and the University of Oregon’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.