Since 2013, we have served over 8,000 underserved youth and families in South and east L.A.
In the past four years, we have conducted DuckEd residencies at schools and community centers including: East LA Performing Arts Academy, Warren Lane Elementary School, El Sereno Middle School, A Place Called Home, Dunbar Village Retirement Community, East LA Performing Arts Magnet, St. Mary’s Academy, Culver City Middle School, Gabriella Charter School, Salesian Boys & Girls Club, Watts Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club, Hollenbeck Palms Retirement Community, Seoul Arts Academy, City of Inglewood, and East LA Community Center.
The Duck Truck Residency Program (DTRP) is a curriculum-based initiative for schools, after-school programs, and community centers led by our teaching artists. The “Duck Truck” uses a 1976 Kountry Aire trailer as a mobile classroom and performance site, enabling students in underserved communities to take part in creative experiences in their own neighborhoods.
Crafted for young “non-dancers,” the program activates children’s minds and bodies through site-specific performance, cultivating art and health in communities. request more information
As a company we operate at the intersection of architecture, dance, and social justice, ensuring our performances evoke conversations. To encourage these dialogues, we host pre- and post-performance “Curbside Conversations” among company artists, community leaders, scholars, collaborators, and the general public. These intimate conversations illuminate dance’s potential to foster civic participation, and provide insight into how the performing arts can stimulate community building and involvement.
Because we perform outside of proscenium stage settings, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre finds frequent opportunities to engage the community. We open our rehearsals to the public, which provides opportunities for community members to experience the choreographic process. After the rehearsal, we provided visitors with the opportunity to meet the artists and ask questions about the work.
The Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre community consists of dancers, designers, actors, administrators, Board Members, and artists, all of whom are champions of interdisciplinary, community-driven art. We approach each speaking engagement with the intention of fostering conversation—mirroring Artistic Director Heidi Duckler’s collaborative, participatory creative process and inherent audience engagement.