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May 4, 1991 | LEWIS SEGAL
Best known for site-specific social satire, Collage Dance Theatre brought an inventive, unwieldy new piece titled "Cattle Calls" to the Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica on Thursday. The subject: our strange behavior on the telephone. Choreographer Heidi Duckler bypassed those bizarre parallel tracks of telephone advertising--futuristic innovation and bourgeois nostalgia--to focus on how the telephone releases the caller's most private, asocial urges.
August 2, 1993 | LEWIS SEGAL
It was a brave subterfuge: presenting a five-part "Kaleidoscope"-style grab-bag of Southern California choreographers and companies as if it were a focused, site-specific event. In truth, all the dance-makers involved with "Eye to Eye" on Friday ignored the specifics of the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood--and most made only the barest use of the evening's unifying design element: unpainted, portable wooden structures created by architect Scott Johnson.
Across from the drive-up entrance to the downtown Marriott Hotel, nine dancers in white formed a living frieze on Thursday--stretching, lifting one another and frequently assuming prayerful poses. Those poses returned 90 minutes later, as Collage Dance Theatre's newest, whimsical, site-specific production reached its mock-solemn, death-and-transfiguration finale in the hotel swimming pool.
September 22, 1997 | LEWIS SEGAL
Part environmental theater fantasy and part sound and light spectacle, "Most Wanted" finds the predictably provocative Collage Dance Theatre exploring ideas about regimentation, freedom and escape at the historic, abandoned Lincoln Heights Jail in East Los Angeles. After thumb-printing and wrist-banding her audience members like inmates, director Heidi Duckler divides them into subgroups and marches them off to different cellblocks under the supervision of LAPD look-alikes.
March 3, 2011 | By Rachel B. Levin, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It sounds like a job for a robotics researcher, not a choreographer: figure out a way to bathe a stage in infrared light so that a computer can send a process signal to a suspended projector. But this is the first Bootleg Dance Festival , kicking off Friday at the Bootleg Theater near Echo Park, and forward-thinking approaches to dance are par for the course. The Bootleg, a renovated 1930s warehouse on a gritty stretch of Beverly Boulevard, may be more familiar to alternative music fans who regularly pack its lobby lounge to see acts such as Joseph Arthur and Jenny O. The room's experimental spirit makes it an important venue for other arts needing room to stretch.
Elsewhere, American choreographers make dances about AIDS, racism and war, but at "Dance Kaleidoscope '91" a kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh. The second program in the annual showcase series, Sunday at Cal State Los Angeles, focused on relationships: the yearning for affirmation through a partner or group. Only Young-Ae Park's "Return" dealt with classic modern-dance themes of self-empowerment--and that indirectly.
March 5, 2007 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
In its restless forays into site-specific social satire, Heidi Duckler's Collage Dance Theatre has tried its hand at performance art, opera, movement theater, guided tours of architectural curiosities and even some quasi-nostalgic pop dancing. But Friday, this adventuresome local ensemble attempted a double whammy: a one-act ice show that turned out to be a martial arts epic -- with an 8th century Anglo-Saxon classic as its source.
February 14, 2008 | Mindy Farabee
NOBODY really knew if it was going to work, says Long Beach Opera artistic director Andreas Mitisek, until they actually got their Orpheus into the boat. Only a couple of hours before, the Belmont Plaza municipal pool was clogged with frolicking swimmers, their cacophony ricocheting around its ample Greek Modern-style hall. But evenings here have recently been put to an unexpectedly sonorous use -- an unorthodox staging of the new opera "Orpheus & Euridice."
January 3, 1993 | CHRISTINA V. GODBEY
Choreographer Heidi Duckler hopes she can help children discover and develop an appreciation for the arts. As an "Artist in Residence," Duckler will bring her knowledge and resources to the Boys and Girls Club of Venice. Starting Monday, children 7 to 17 can participate in Duckler's weekly program, which runs through July. "I have concentrated my recent efforts on being an adult choreographer, so it will be interesting to go back to teaching children," the 40-year-old mother of two said.
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