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Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre brings its 15 foot steel Fish to Culver City and San Pedro for site-specific performances with live music.

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FishEyes Video Clip at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Heidi Duckler Dance
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FishEyes at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Heidi Duckler Dance

Artistic/Executive Director, Heidi Duckler along with company dancers Danny Dolan, Himerria Wortham & Amanda MacLeod created a new work based on a 1985 interview with a San Pedro longshoreman, Edward Thynne. The interview gave insight to the political and labor law issues during that time. A panel discussion lead by Board President, Jamarah Hayner followed and included panelists Jon Christensen (Professor, UCLA Institute for the Environment and Sustainability) and Glen Dake (Landscape Architect) who had a very engaging conversation about how art making can increase environmental awareness.

Closing the evening was a performance of FishEyes with live accompaniment of an original score composed by Juhi Bansl with violinist, Israel Heller & pianist, Dave Christensen.


Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre (HDDT) has commissioned Juhi Bansal to create an original score to accompany the company’s site-specific performance series, FISHEYES, at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Culver City and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro.  The performance takes place on HDDT’s 15 foot steel Fish installation, which has been travelling to various public spaces throughout Southern California over the past two years, including: Estrella Park in South LA, Marsh Park along the LA River, TreePeople in Studio City, Pershing Square and Grand Performances in Downtown LA, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, and San Bernardino Valley College.  Most recently, Bansal’s music was presented during the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook performance on November 3, 2017, in which Bansal performed live with her musical ensemble including Andrew Tholl and Nic Gerpe.  Bansal and Gerpe will perform again at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium on May 12, 2018.

The November 3rd performance was free and open to the public with approximately 150 attendees.  Moreover, HDDT provided transportation for underserved students from St. Mary’s Academy in Inglewood and the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts to attend the performance through HDDT’s California Arts Council-funded Off-Site initiative.  In 2018, HDDT will partner with Point Fermin Elementary School, Dana Middle School, Toberman Neighborhood Center and LA Harbor Boys & Girls Clubs to bring San Pedro’s underserved youth to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium performance on May 12.  After the performance, HDDT will moderate a post-performance discussion featuring a panel including: HDDT’s founder and Artistic/Executive Director, and project director and choreographer, Heidi Duckler, HDDT’s Associate Artistic Director, Toogie Barcelo, Bansal, Gerpe, the dancers, and Ed Mastro (Exhibits Director of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium) – to discuss the project’s role in evoking themes of the environment, climate change and our relationship to water.

The Fish was designed by Alex Ward and constructed by Jeff Kleeman (Technical Director of LA Opera).  FISHEYES is important to HDDT because it allows the company to integrate its site-specific and community building work with important social justice issues facing the region, including responding to the drought and inequities in access to nature and clean water.  The project is important to the community because it allows families to come together and explore these issues and their environment through a unique and innovative artistic experience.  HDDT already made the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook performance happen, and it was highly acclaimed by the audience members who attended.  HDDT has already secured a commitment from the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium to bring the Fish back to its venue, where the company produced a successful performance in April, 2017, and the company will work with venue, community partners, its performers and musicians to make another successful FISHEYES performance happen in 2018.  Meanwhile, the Fish currently resides at the Overlook, a state park, where daily visitors are tagging themselves interacting with the sculpture on social media.

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In November 2017, this performance of FishEyes took place at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook inspiring awareness of the Ballona Wetlands, an urban-adjacent ecosystem within Culver City. Choreography highlighted the interaction of dancers with a 15 foot steel fish sculpture, encouraging play, investigation, improvisation, and responsiveness as key strategies towards greater environmental awareness. Composer: Juhi Bansal (original composition), HDDT core company members: Danny Dolan, Lenin Fernandez, and Mollie Wolf.

Beyond the Waterfront

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In June 2017, the audience sat on the wharf of City Dock No. 1, the oldest pier at the Port of Los Angeles to watch HDDT company dancers Tess Hewlett, Isaac Huerta, Corina Kinnear, Jillian Meyers and Ryan Walker Page. L.A. Opera singers: soprano Jamie Chamberlain, soprano Lisa Eden, and mezzo-soprano Melissa Treinkman, on on a separate anchored ship in the water. Juhi Bansal composed the original score and conducted the live singers. Partners for this project included AltaSea, the Maritime Museum, the Boys and Girls Club, and the LA Opera.

100 Years

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In September 2017, 100 Years, was commissioned and performed in celebration of Culver City’s Centennial, based on an interview of a 100 year old resident. HDDT company dancers: Raymond Ejiofor, Khayla Golucke, Jillian Meyers, Haylee Nichele & Ryan Walker Page. Live chamber music performed & composed by Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth & Chris Votek accompanied the performance as a classical response to both the architecture and history of Culver City and the public art that is installed throughout the plaza.

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MISSION Heidi Duckler Dance creates place-based performances that transform non-traditional spaces, providing learning opportunities and engaging diverse communities, in the belief that the arts can change our vision of the world and of ourselves. ABOUT HEIDI DUCKLER Heidi Duckler is the Artistic Director and founder of Heidi Duckler Dance. Since its inception in 1985, she…

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