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February 7, 2010 | By Susan Josephs
It's probably accurate to assume that most civilized visitors to Los Angeles City Hall's third-floor rotunda do not try to climb the marble columns, balance on the historic light fixtures or lie on the ground directly under the enormous bronze chandelier for perspective's sake. But on a recent Saturday, Heidi Duckler and two of her dancers did exactly that, laying claim to the notion that if you can't fight City Hall, you might as well dance in it. During a first rehearsal for a new site-specific production by Duckler's Collage Dance Theatre, Marissa Labog and Roberto Lambaren experimented with rigorous horizontal and inverted balance poses between walls and columns that reflected formidable break-dancing skills while Duckler pointed out various Roman and Byzantine architectural details of the cavernous rotunda to a reporter.
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November 4, 2013 | By Victoria Looseleaf
Sick of Obamacare overload?  Welcome, then, to Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre's “The Groundskeepers,” where healthcare comes to beautifully moody, elegiac life. Running through Saturday, this new, seven-scene, two-hour work written by George Moreno and mounted by site-specific queen Duckler, who founded her troupe in 1985, animates Boyle Heights' shuttered Linda Vista Hospital. Built in 1904 for railroad workers, Charles Whittlesey's massive structure closed in 1991 and will soon be converted into affordable housing.
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August 17, 1990 | JAN BRESLAUER
Heidi Duckler, the reigning queen of L.A. site-specific dance-performance, is one choreographer who really cooks. Literally, that's what she did while the dancers danced and the phallic foodstuffs flew on the stage of the Unitarian Community Church in Santa Monica, during a performance Wednesday of Collage Dance Theatre's whimsical and trenchant "Church of Food."
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February 5, 2012 | By Susan Josephs, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There's a long carpeted area on the 51st floor of the Paul Hastings Tower in downtown Los Angeles that most people would identify as a hallway. But in the eyes of Heidi Duckler, it's the site of the ancient Roman Battle of Actium. At a recent rehearsal for her latest production, the 59-year-old site-specific dance veteran assumed the role of a general as she outlined to her dancers the plan of attack for simulating the forces of Cleopatra and Mark Antony squaring off against their enemy Octavian.
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January 24, 1993 | ROBERT KOEHLER, Robert Koehler writes regularly for Calendar
In her continual quest for anyplace but a dance gallery to stage her work, choreographer Heidi Duckler and her Collage Dance Theatre company have taken over old Laundromats, older gas stations, outdoor fountains, building roofs and churches to play out a series aptly titled "Urban Extinction." Duckler thinks she may have a new urban victim to add to the list.
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September 28, 1995 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dancer-choreographer Heidi Duckler wades through the stale-smelling water, over the incandescent green algae, past the ruins of a concrete train trestle to the center of the Los Angeles River. It is a profoundly urban setting. Sloping concrete barriers hold the river in check, electric transformers buzz overhead and the nearby Golden State Freeway crawls toward the horizon.
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December 5, 1989 | JAN BRESLAUER
The pit-a-pat of a rainy day drizzle grew to an actual indoor downpour as five women in leotards slithered around in a bath of water and Freudian connotations just inches from their audience in "Wet," a five-part dance with sprinkler system choreographed by Heidi Duckler. It was the steamiest moment of an impressive if uneven bill called "Fall to Pieces" presented Saturday and Sunday at the Skylight Theatre by Collage Dance Theatre.
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December 16, 1988 | JAN BRESLAUER
Empty the stash of quarters, grab the Tide and come on down to an orange-and-yellow mecca of shiny GEs, wayward socks and the ever-accommodating dollar changer. But leave your grungy 'jammies in the hamper at home. Because instead of the usual self-service laundry routine, you're here to watch a dance fantasia on the fabric-softened half-shell: a capful of whimsy that's a cross between Fellini and '50s TV variety.
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June 24, 1989 | JAN BRESLAUER
Time doesn't come on little cat feet when you're a dancer, and Heidi Duckler knows it. But that doesn't mean she is ready to hang up her leotard. "I'm 36 and at a crossroads in terms of being a dancer," she says. Which is why she has taken Terpsichore by the horns and created a dance about aging. Her Collage Dance Theatre presents its multimedia, non-linear "meditation" titled "Ancient Terrain" at the Santa Monica Museum of Art today, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition to Collage's members, "Ancient Terrain" features a dozen dancers from ages 6 to 86. Choreographed interludes alternate with interviews of the dancers and others projected on a 7-foot video monitor.
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March 16, 2000 | ROBIN RAUZI
* The Collage Dance Theatre artistic director's latest work, "Sub Versions," opens Saturday at L.A.'s Subway Terminal Building. A Family Who Eats Together . . .: My weekend starts when I pick up my kids from school. They all have crazy plans so we practically have to draw a map to coordinate who goes where. But if we're all together, our favorite thing is to have sushi at Iroha or Asanebo in Studio City. Life in the Arts Lane: We see a lot of dance at the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts.
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February 7, 2010 | By Susan Josephs
It's probably accurate to assume that most civilized visitors to Los Angeles City Hall's third-floor rotunda do not try to climb the marble columns, balance on the historic light fixtures or lie on the ground directly under the enormous bronze chandelier for perspective's sake. But on a recent Saturday, Heidi Duckler and two of her dancers did exactly that, laying claim to the notion that if you can't fight City Hall, you might as well dance in it. During a first rehearsal for a new site-specific production by Duckler's Collage Dance Theatre, Marissa Labog and Roberto Lambaren experimented with rigorous horizontal and inverted balance poses between walls and columns that reflected formidable break-dancing skills while Duckler pointed out various Roman and Byzantine architectural details of the cavernous rotunda to a reporter.
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October 8, 2005 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
"In the old neighborhoods the ghosts are rising.... " Narrator Richard Azurdia stands on the stage of the Casa del Mexicano, a community center in Boyle Heights, speaking of angels, the spirits of the dead and the impermanence of all things. It's the Thursday premiere of "The Entire World Is a Narrow Bridge," and though ghosts and a sense of impermanence are familiar enough in the site-specific repertory of Heidi Duckler's locally based Collage Dance Theatre, this company vehicle is unusual.
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March 16, 2000 | ROBIN RAUZI
* The Collage Dance Theatre artistic director's latest work, "Sub Versions," opens Saturday at L.A.'s Subway Terminal Building. A Family Who Eats Together . . .: My weekend starts when I pick up my kids from school. They all have crazy plans so we practically have to draw a map to coordinate who goes where. But if we're all together, our favorite thing is to have sushi at Iroha or Asanebo in Studio City. Life in the Arts Lane: We see a lot of dance at the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts.
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September 20, 1998 | Kristin Hohenadel, Kristin Hohenadel is an occasional contributor to Calendar
On a recent afternoon downtown at California Plaza, as the stock market plunges and the temperature soars, local businesspeople and tourists sip cappuccinos in the sunlight--their eyes on the upper reaches of the three-level fountain, where a group splashes around in suit jackets draped over their bathing suits. The water is littered with abandoned computer keyboards and telephones, beaten-up office desks and brightly colored swivel chairs. "Two minutes!"
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September 28, 1995 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dancer-choreographer Heidi Duckler wades through the stale-smelling water, over the incandescent green algae, past the ruins of a concrete train trestle to the center of the Los Angeles River. It is a profoundly urban setting. Sloping concrete barriers hold the river in check, electric transformers buzz overhead and the nearby Golden State Freeway crawls toward the horizon.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 1993 | ROBERT KOEHLER, Robert Koehler writes regularly for Calendar
In her continual quest for anyplace but a dance gallery to stage her work, choreographer Heidi Duckler and her Collage Dance Theatre company have taken over old Laundromats, older gas stations, outdoor fountains, building roofs and churches to play out a series aptly titled "Urban Extinction." Duckler thinks she may have a new urban victim to add to the list.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2013 | By Victoria Looseleaf
Sick of Obamacare overload?  Welcome, then, to Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre's “The Groundskeepers,” where healthcare comes to beautifully moody, elegiac life. Running through Saturday, this new, seven-scene, two-hour work written by George Moreno and mounted by site-specific queen Duckler, who founded her troupe in 1985, animates Boyle Heights' shuttered Linda Vista Hospital. Built in 1904 for railroad workers, Charles Whittlesey's massive structure closed in 1991 and will soon be converted into affordable housing.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2012 | By Susan Josephs, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There's a long carpeted area on the 51st floor of the Paul Hastings Tower in downtown Los Angeles that most people would identify as a hallway. But in the eyes of Heidi Duckler, it's the site of the ancient Roman Battle of Actium. At a recent rehearsal for her latest production, the 59-year-old site-specific dance veteran assumed the role of a general as she outlined to her dancers the plan of attack for simulating the forces of Cleopatra and Mark Antony squaring off against their enemy Octavian.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 1990 | JAN BRESLAUER
Heidi Duckler, the reigning queen of L.A. site-specific dance-performance, is one choreographer who really cooks. Literally, that's what she did while the dancers danced and the phallic foodstuffs flew on the stage of the Unitarian Community Church in Santa Monica, during a performance Wednesday of Collage Dance Theatre's whimsical and trenchant "Church of Food."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 1989 | JAN BRESLAUER
The pit-a-pat of a rainy day drizzle grew to an actual indoor downpour as five women in leotards slithered around in a bath of water and Freudian connotations just inches from their audience in "Wet," a five-part dance with sprinkler system choreographed by Heidi Duckler. It was the steamiest moment of an impressive if uneven bill called "Fall to Pieces" presented Saturday and Sunday at the Skylight Theatre by Collage Dance Theatre.
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