Our salons are intimate gatherings where our artists, collaborators, and partners are given a platform to present their work to the community and cultivate conversation. These events are great ways to show works in progress, highlight emerging artists, and bring different disciplines together.

The engagements usually take place at our headquarters at the Bendix Building Rooftop, but have recently been adapted for virtual spaces in the wake of Covid-19. Our Here/There Salons were our first virtual version as HDD teaching artists and institutional partners discussed the role of the arts during times of crisis. You can watch these salons below:

HDD Teaching Artist Presentations

Panel Discussion with our Partners

In August of 2020 we had a 3-part salon series titled Unsettling Ramona with Indigenous artists, activists, scholars, and thought leaders amplifying the histories and contemporary experiences of Native Americans in California through art, music, conversation and a deep dive into the story of Ramona. Learn more and watch below:

Unsettling Story with w/ Pamela J. Peters, Filmmaker and Dr. Yve Chavez, Assistant Professor UC Santa Cruz

Unsettling Self w/ Robert I. Mesa, Filmmaker, Duane Minard, Actor, and DeLanna Studi, Artistic Director of The Autry’s Native Voices

Unsettling Sound w/ Kristy Martinez, scholar and musician , Dr. Theresa Gregor, Assistant Professor CSU Long Beach & Esmeralda Pum, scholar.

Past salons have included:

New Media Night: celebrated the launch of the new HDD website, screened our new company reel and shorts, and watched presentations from our media collaborators.

New Music Night: featured composer Leaha Villarreal’s new work Underway, and live performances by our collaborators Israel Heller, William Roper and Isaac Takeuchi

The Seaweed Sisters @ Bendix: the Los Angeles-based dance trio performed a work in progress followed by a Q & A

HDD’s performance of A Bela e a Fera: after a successful premiere of the work at Boston Court Padadena, Duckler reinvisioned the work for the Bendix rooftop and held a series of intimate performances of the piece

A Bendi Situation: HDD company members gathered their friends to create and showcase their own work in this series of salons