Ebb & Flow: Chinatown, 2019, Los Angeles State Historic Park, Chinatown Los Angeles

Ebb & Flow: Chinatown was a free, site-specific community festival of local artists which integrated dance, visual arts, music and technology to explore climate change, its impact on the environment and our health. The day started with free public dance workshops for all ages and abilities, booths from local artists, and opportunities to engage in environmental and wellness activities from community organizations. The festival also included daytime community performances by David Calderon, East Wind Foundation for Youth and Shaolin Temple Cultural Center U.S.A. The festival concluded with an evening professional performance. Guest choreographers included Moises Josue Michel, Candy Yi in collaboration with Chantal Cherry, Carissa Songhorian and JA collective, as well as Duckler’s new work titled Further, in collaboration with composer/performer, Drum & Lace.

Ebb & Flow: Chinatown, 2019, Los Angeles State Historic Park, Chinatown Los Angeles

Community performers from the East Wind Foundation for Youth perform a traditional Chinese Lion Dance and interact with the audience at Ebb & Flow: Chinatown.

Ebb & Flow: Chinatown, 2019, Los Angeles State Historic Park, Chinatown Los Angeles

Community performers from the East Wind Foundation for Youth perform a traditional Chinese Lion Dance in front of the Fish at Ebb & Flow: Chinatown.

Ebb & Flow: Chinatown, 2019, Los Angeles State Historic Park, Chinatown Los Angeles

As part of Ebb & Flow: Chinatown’s evening performance, JA Collective, a young choreographic performance group, present their work on the Fish.

Ebb & Flow: Chinatown, 2019, Los Angeles State Historic Park, Chinatown Los Angeles

As part of Ebb & Flow: Chinatown’s evening performance, IIISquared, Moises Josue Michel’s emerging company, presents his work on the Fish.

Night Market, 2016, Central Wholesale Market, Downtown Los Angeles

With guidance from UCLA’s Labor Center, HDD spent much of early 2016 filming interviews with the vendors and staff of Central Wholesale Market, the produce market that provides ingredients for many of LA’s hottest restaurants. The Market itself represents an LA microcosm: immigrants from the Americas, many African countries, and the Caribbean work alongside lifelong Angelenos, ensuring that restaurants, cafes and homes across the city have the food they need. At the conclusion of the interviews, HDD recruited local artists for collaboration. Each selected artist, as well as Duckler and HDD company dancers, used the interviews as inspiration for new works, which they shared during Night Market. In addition to live dance performances and music, the production included painting, wood burning, weaving and other multi-media installations

Night Market, 2016, Central Wholesale Market, Downtown Los Angeles

HDD dancers perform with guest musician William Roper, as part of the Night Market.

Stay Awake, 2019, Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, Willowbrook, CA

Stay Awake was a cross-disciplinary work created on site at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital. Directed by Heidi Duckler, this new work was inspired by the ecosystems of the new hospital and explored how human interactions influence our health and our community. Audience members broke bread on the lawn before and during the performance.

Nomadic Narratives CultureHub LA’s Refest, 2019, Bendix Building, Downtown Los Angeles

Concluding Culture Hub LA’s ReFest, Nomadic Narratives mapped stories from women performance artists onto the facade of the Bendix Building rooftop. Documentary videos of nomadic experiences intersected with live performances by HDD dancers and Large Shiva, an improvisational orchestra, creating a kinetic collage that reflected the relentless, dynamic energy of Los Angeles.

The Royal We, 2016, King Hing Theatre, Chinatown, Los Angeles

After a successful HDD company performance of When I Am King at the King Hing Theatre, HDD invited local artists to create interactive and performative experiences in the space over two weekends.