Heidi Duckler

Heidi Duckler is the Artistic Director and founder of Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre. Since its inception in 1985, she has choreographed more than 200 original dance works at unique sites in Australia, Germany, Russia, Hong Kong, Montreal, San Francisco, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, and throughout Southern California. Titled “the reigning queen of site-specific performance,” by the L.A. Times.

She earned a BS in Dance from the University of Oregon and an MA in Choreography from UCLA, and is currently a Board Member of the University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance Advancement Council. Ducker was recognized with an American Masterpieces Award from the National Endowment for the Arts to tour Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre’s signature work “Laundromatinee,” and was awarded two Dance/USA Engaging Dance Audiences grants. She has most recently been honored with the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival’s Maverick Award,and LA Weekly’s Best Site-Specific Dance Company Los Angeles, was featured as a TedxUCLA speaker in 2015 and guest lecturer for UCLA in 2018. Ducker is married to Dan Rosenfeld.

Artistic Process

“As a choreographer I’ve imbued non-traditional sites with performances for nearly 30 years. The strength and distinctiveness of my work depends on a solid foundation of place, be it geographical, cultural, social, historical, architectural, environmental, political and/or personal. Location, history, and community have inspired my work, yet my choreography has evolved with each place. Sites are catalysts and collaborators within my choreographic process.”

Working with a diverse range of dancers, I negotiate performers’ movement styles around architecture, audience members, and each other. With input from creative partners and collaborators (dancers, musicians, architects and community members, among others), a truly site-specific and environmentally responsive work emerges, capturing the multiple dimensions of each place, performer, and collaborator.” – Heidi Duckler

2016

  • Lester Horton Award, Artist Appreciation
  • Panelist, Santa Monica Artists Fellowship
  • Oregon Art in Public Places Roster

2015

  • TedxUCLA speaker
  • Panelist, Santa Monica Artists Fellowships for 2016

2014

  • Los Angeles County Art Commission Civic Artists Prequalified List

2013

  • Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival Emerald 20th Anniversary recipient of the MAVERICK AWARD
  • Dance/USA and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Engaging Dance Audiences

2012

  • Distinguished Alumnus – University of Oregon School of Music & Dance

2011

  • Certificate of Commendation Awarded by Councilwoman Jan Perry on behalf of the City of Los Angeles State of California
  • Panelist for Director’s Lab West and the Theatre Communications Group

2010

  • National Endowment for the Arts, American Masterpiece for “Laundromatinee”

2009

  • National Endowment for the Arts, Artistic Excellence for “A Guide to an Exhibitionist”
  • Featured in the anthology, “Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces”

2008

  • Los Angeles County Arts Commission Arts Leadership Initiative
  • Finalist, Sherwood Award, Center Theatre Group
  • Panelist, Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission
  • Mayor’s Cultural Master Plan Advisory Committee for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

2007

  • Invited Showcase for Performance West, Western Arts Alliance Conference
  • Panelist for L.A. County Arts Commission
  • Leslie Horton Dance Awards nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design, Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design, Outstanding Achievement in Music, and Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Long Form for C’Opera

2006

  • Panelist, Site-Specific Symposium, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, NYC

2005

  • California DanceMaker Grant (James Irvine Foundation)
  • National College Choreography Initiative
  • Panelist, Durfee ARC Awards

2004

  • coming soon

2003

  • California DanceMaker Grant (James Irvine Foundation)
  • Landmark Award, Backstage West
  • Southern California Development Forum Award

2002

  • City of Los Angeles Individual Artist’s Fellowship (C.O.L.A.)
  • Lester Horton Award for Outstanding Company Performance
  • Lester Horton Award nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Music for Dance, Set Design, and Performance—Small Ensemble for Cover Story
  • Back Stage West Landmark Award

2001

  • Director, Dance in the Workplace, film commissioned by Grand Performances and Arts Partners
  • Lester Horton Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, Performance, Music, and Lighting Design for After Eden
  • Lester Horton Award nominee for Sustained Achievement

2000

  • Lester Horton Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Set Design and Costume Design
  • California Choreography Fellowship from the California Arts Council

1999

  • Peer Panelist for Cultural Affairs Department, City of Los Angeles
  • Member of Cultural Planning/Arts for L.A.
  • Member Dance/USA

1998

  • Lester Horton Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, Outstanding Achievement in Performance, Outstanding Achievement in Production, Outstanding Achievement in Music for the production of Most Wanted
  • Lester Horton Awards nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Set Design, Lighting Design, and Sustained Achievement for the production of Most Wanted
  • Peer Panelist for Los Angeles County Music and Performing Arts Commission
  • Selected participant of On Site Performance Network, Dancing in the Streets
  • Editor of Dance Zine; Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles, CA

1997

  • Member California Plaza Task Force, Los Angeles, CA
  • Speaker on Interdisciplinary Performance at California Institute of the Arts

The HDDT Team

  • Connie Ramirez
  • Danielle Valentino
  • Deena Selenow
  • Jamarah Hayner
  • John Friedman
  • Lisa Gilmour
  • Lisa Quateman
  • Mark Walsh
  • Mary Ann Braubach
  • Michael Anderson
  • Terez Kreisz
  • Tom Majich
  • Danny Dolan
  • Haylee Nichele
  • Himerria Wortham
  • Isaac Huerta
  • Jillian Meyers
  • Lenin Fernandez
  • Reshma Gajjar
  • Roberto C. Lambaren
  • Ryan Walker Page
  • Teresa Toogie Barcelo
  • Tess Hewlett
  • Wilfried Souly
  • Zoe Nelson
  • David Mack
  • Jessica Moneà Evans
  • Lily Ontiveros
  • Lyn Paz
  • Raphaelle Ziemba
  • Teresa Toogie Barcelo
  • Emily Guerard
  • Janine Montag
  • Lenin Fernandez
  • Lyndsi Zapata
  • Mercedes Ibarra
  • Ryan Walker Page
  • Teresa Toogie Barcelo

Supporters

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre is proud to be supported by the contributions of these generous individuals and organizations.

  • Liliane Corzo
  • Olga Garay-English
  • Lorcan O’Herlihy
  • Jan Perry
  • Sarah Pillsbury
  • Craig Watson
  • 2016
    Autry Museum of the American West & Trust for Historic Preservation, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2015
    Canal Convergence, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2014
    Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, Australia
    ODC Walking Distances Dance Festival, San Francisco, CA
  • 2013
    Reed College Center for the Performing Arts, Portland, OR
    Flux Projects, Atlanta, GA
  • 2012
    Barlow Respiratory Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
    Van Nuys FlyAway Terminal, Van Nuys, CA
  • 2010
    Long Beach Arts Council, Long Beach, CA
    9th International Festival on the Volga, Yaroslavl, Russia
    “Meet Me at the Metro” Watts Village Theatre Company, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2009
    Brookfield Properties, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2008
    Saint Joseph Ballet, Santa Ana, CA
    Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
  • 2007
    Hong Kong Urban Dance Festival
  • 2006
    City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2004
    Yiddishkayt Festival, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2001
    On Site Network (Dancing in the Streets in partnership with Miami Light)

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Northwest

May 30, 2018
Heidi duckler dance theatre/northwest (hddt/nw) redefines relationships between artists and audiences by presenting bold choreography in extraordinary places, and through collaborations with artists and communities of the pacific northwest, cultivates public engagement to create meaningful, multidisciplinary performances with exceptional artistic standards.

Dancers on-site in portland for five years running! Since its inception in 2010 heidi duckler dance theatre/northwest (hddt/nw) has been creating captivating storytelling through site-specific dance choreography in portland, oregon and the surrounding metropolitan areas. Hddt/nw performers have animated iconic pacific northwest locations such as a hip co-inhabited office space, the paths along local forests, and the center of a local lumber yard. Performers with hddt/