Artistic Director and Founder, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre
Heidi Duckler focuses her place-keeping work on shifting the intention anchored in a place. Whether this means having dancers climb the exterior of an architecture firm’s headquarters, or building a scaffold in a vacant, abandoned lot and using it as a performance space, she constantly looks for new, unintended ways to experience space & discover reciprocity.
Since founding Heidi Duckler Dance in 1985, Duckler has choreographed more than 300 original dance works at unique sites throughout Southern California, the United States, and the world and has been commissioned by organizations such as the Southwest Museum with the Trust for Historic Preservation, Ford Theatres, Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, Occidental & Reed Colleges. Her work has been internationally recognized in Hong Kong (Hong Kong Urban Arts Festival 2007), Russia (Link Vostok International East-West Arts Exchange 2010), Montreal (Transatlantique Quartier 2013), Germany (Tanzmesse, 2014 & 2018), Australia (Brisbane Festival 2014), Cuba (Ciudad en Movimiento 2016) & Chile (Puerto de Ideas 2018). Duckler was awarded grants this year for upcoming performances & arts education initiatives. Recent awards include, LA County Arts Commission, Dance/USA & Doris Duke Charitable Foundation & awards from the California Community Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, California Arts Council, LA Department of Cultural Affairs, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Green Foundation, DEW Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Duckler has imbued non-traditional sites with public performances for 33 years. The strength and distinctiveness of her work depends on a solid foundation of place, geographical, cultural, social, historical, architectural, environmental, political and personal. The nature of her place-based work reimagines the possibilities for the connection between performance and participants. Within the range, breadth, and scope of diversity in Los Angeles, engagement, access, and equity are prime considerations within her creative direction. Place-based work is a creative & conceptual platform, and is a tool of social justice, social change, learning & meaningful civic engagement.