February 7, 2010 |
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.
October 8, 2005 |
"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.
March 16, 2000 |
* 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.
September 20, 1998 |
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!"
September 28, 1995 |
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.
January 24, 1993 |
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.