Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, Willowbrook, CA.

Stay Awake is a part of our MoveWell@MLK residency at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital. The performance is a cross-disciplinary work created on site at the medical center. Choreographed and directed by Heidi Duckler, this work was inspired by the ecosystems of the new hospital and explored how human interactions influence our health and our community. Stay Awake featured HDD company dancers Raymond Ejiorfor, Tess Hewlett, Roberto Lambaren, Lily Ontiveros, William Yivisaker, Rafael Quintas, Jasmine Rafael, Rebekah Denegal, SHE Street, Carissa Songhorian, Himerria Wortham, and Luke Zender. New York-based experimental percussionist and composer Jessie Cox, performed an original composition written for this premiere. William Roper played live tuba along with a variety of wind instruments. Large Shiva, a Los Angeles-based improvisational orchestra directed by Justin Bardales, also performed live for this work.

Photos by Teri Weber

This performance was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at