Photos by Gina Clyne and Denise Leitner

October 2022 – The Body of the People, Heidi Duckler Dance’s 37th Anniversary Celebration, was a night of performance and music at the Founder’s Church of Religious Science.

The Body of The People, is an original dance opera composed by Jessie Cox with accompaniment by Joanna Lynn-Jacobs, Pablo Calogero, Tomoko Ozawa, William Roper, and Linnea Powell. The work explored ideas of identity and autonomy performed by HDD dancers Raymond Ejiofor, Rebecca Lee, Lenin Fernandez, Anthea Young, Genna Moroni, Edgar Aguirre, Jobel Medina, Mercedes Ibarra, Karin Tatsuoka, and Anthea Young.

Students from A Place Called Home and Saint Mary’s Academy also performed original works guided by Heidi Duckler Dance teaching artists.

The honorees for the night were Jewel Delegall (Chief Program Officer at a Place Called Home), Nancy Griffin (Journalist, Author and Community Volunteer), and David Rousseve (Distinguished Professor of Choreography at UCLA World Arts and Cultures/Dance) whose work has greatly impacted the Los Angeles community.

Special thanks to our sponsors!

Event Sponsors:
Heidi Duckler and Daniel Rosenfeld
John Friedman and Alice Kimm
Nancy Griffin and Steven Ehrlich
Honorable Mark Ridley-Thomas

Artist Sponsors:
Yuval Bar-Zemer
Ken and Kathy Bernstein
Sarah Pillsbury
Lisa and Neil Quateman
Abby Sher