Repertory & Gallery
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Laurel Hardware Space, West Hollywood, CA
A multimedia dance theatre work, ”A Gallerina's Guide,” explores the relationship between artist, audience and the walls of a gallery space. Recently awarded a National Endowment for the Arts' Artistic Excellence award, this tech-induced, sensory is a living art show and interactive exhibit that explores real opportunities for engagement with contemporary art. With the audience listening on infrared headsets, live performers in oversized frames expose the mysteries of the Nude, the action of Still Life and the kaleidoscope of Color Field. Experience a slightly wicked tale of how art exists on and off the gallery walls!
Los Angeles City Hall, Los Angeles, CA
Governing Bodies infused the world of politics and public affairs with contemporary dance, in a performance designed specifically for Los Angeles’ iconic City Hall, a Historical-Cultural Monument built in 1928. Performances took place in City Hall’s stunning Byzantine-style rotunda, continued through the hallways and the City Council Chambers, and concluded at the Spring Street steps and Romanesque forecourt. Governing Bodies celebrated the democratic process by involving the audience in a work that focuses on both the Los Angeles arts community as a whole, and the strength and power of the artist’s individual voice.
Ehrlich Residence, Venice, CA
Natural Causes was created in collaboration with video artist Joan Perlman. This environmental installation explored the dichotomies of culture and nature, the wild and the tame, risk and safety, and natural and unnatural states of being. Video projections of moving water were displayed on the walls of the home’s interior space to create an immersive environment during the dance performance. These multilayered images of flux and flow transformed the structure, with a focus on the unique geometry of Nancy Griffin and architect Steven Ehrlich’s home.
Culver Center for the Arts, Riverside, CA
Commissioned by the University of California, Riverside Culver Center for the Arts, Running Commentary was a duet that placed two dancers, one in each glass cube, longingly attempting to connect. They begin separated, distant, and enact a series of movements to attempt to communicate, despite the glass that divides them. As the piece develops, they eventually find a way out and embrace, becoming one while melding with the architecture and façade.
A vacant lot in Cambodia Town, Long Beach, CA
The first of the Expulsion Series, this collaboration between Khmer Arts Academy, Long Beach Arts Council, and HDDT enlivened the heart of Cambodia Town in March 2010. Based on themes of migration and displacement, Expulsion explores the temporary, and often fragile nature of "home." Alex Ward of lxw design created the three story set, which was constructed of industrial scaffolding, while Alex Noice composed the original score. Expulsion Long Beach melded traditional Khmer and contemporary Western dance to collectively tell the two culture's "expulsion stories" through performance.
SPF:a Gallery, Culver City, CA
Barely There was inspired by artist Fred Sandback, who created works indicating the volume of sculpture, without the mass. Architects Judit Fekete and Zoltan Pali create an environment in SPF:a Gallery that acknowledges a close relationship with the space. The dancers inhabit minimalist forms and breathe life into the architecture of the installation, occupying the same site as the viewer, altering the forms as they inhabit them, and making connections between performance, spectator and site.
Temple Akiba, Culver City, CA
Echo Park United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, CA
A feminist retelling of the story of Eve, this piece is set within the sacred spaces of temple and church. Dancers audition to be cast for the role of Eve before a panel of judges in the segment entitled “Evidently You Can Dance.” Original live score by Daniel Rosenboom.
7+FIG Art Space, Downtown Los Angeles
Created in a seven-week site-specific residency, this public art project culminated in a dance performance of “liquid architecture” that stretched two hundred feet of bright blue fabric and ten dancers throughout the topography of the 7 + FIG shopping complex. Completed in collaboration with artist HK Zamani (Habib Kheradyar Zamani), the piece was commissioned by Brookfield Properties, owner of 7 + FIG Art Space.
Los Angeles Comtemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles
Museum of Design, Art + Architecture (MODAA), Culver City, CA
This multimedia dance theatre work explores the relationship between artist, audience and the architecture of an art gallery. Live performers in an oversized frame expose the mysteries of the nude, the action of still life and the kaleidoscope of color field. The intimate relationship between artist and onlooker forms the basis of this work which is narrated on audioguide. Written by Merridawn Duckler, designed by Christopher Kuhl and Jeff Teeter.
Hong Kong Urban Dance Festival, Hong Kong
Commissioned by the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation for the Hong Kong Urban Arts Festival, this site specific performance was designed for an elevated glass bridge. This work looks at the high tech glass bridge as an encapsulated space that may be intended to keep things out but, unwittingly, invites the outside world in. Looking out and looking in together define this site of transparency. Designed by Christopher Kuhl.