Dancing in architecture -- meet Heidi Duckler
Fittingly, Duckler will kick off a year of events celebrating her company’s 25th anniversary with a performance installation created by architects this Saturday at the SPF: a Gallery in Culver City.
Titled “Barely There” and inspired by the artist Fred Sandback’s yarn and string-derived minimalist sculptures, the work features dancers Marissa Labog and Roberto Lambaren interacting with the gallery environment designed by Judit Fekete and Zoltan Pali.
“We’ll be breathing life into the installation,” says Duckler, noting that the dancers will be moving nonstop for the two-hour performance.
Over the years,
Duckler has undertaken kinetic and artistic investigations of churches, synagogues,
schools, swimming pools, schools, libraries, jails and laundromats in addition
to excavating the spirits of historic locations such as the former Ambassador
Hotel and the Herald Examiner
“I always start each project with a concept, but otherwise nothing is pre-conceived,” she says. “My dancers and I always start by mapping out the space and playing with the architecture. With every location, there are so many textures and layers, and it’s all about exploring the possibilities.”
To read more about her journey, click here for my Arts & Books story.
– Susan Josephs
Photo: the choreographer at City Hall. Credit: Christina House / For The Times