Hanging Garden, Quotation Courtyard & Panoramic and La Ballona
The Hanging Garden, Quotation Courtyard & Panoramic and La Ballona concluded the 1988 series the same month and year of Culver City’s Centennial. The performance began with the public seated in City Hall courtyard facing Hanging Garden while HDD company dancers performed on the second and third balconies of the City Hall atrium where Hanging Garden is sited. Live Chamber music accompanied the performance as a classical response to both the architecture and history of Culver City. In the second act, the audience walked over to the side courtyard, known as Heritage Park, where a replica of the old City Hall facade is located. The performance continued in the formal pools where La Ballona is sited and next to where Quotation Courtyard and Panoramic resides. The dancers movement beckoned the audience to a new landscape, engaging them in intimate dialogues about May Sun’s artwork and our human origins.
The third in the 1988 series, Technicolor Drip, featured Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre dancers in the window frames and hanging window/art vitrines of the parking garage where Technicolor Drip by artist Jen stark (2015) is installed. The artwork highlights Culver City’s movie history through the rainbow concept in the film The Wizard of Oz. The title references the historic film coloring process employed in movie making. Audience members and passers by explored this walk through dance performance with their ear buds and mobile device to listen to original music by deep house artist, Justin Jay.
The second in the 1988 series, Punctuation Station featured two performances. During the first, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre company members performed in ‘Target Court,’ followed by Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts students performing a piece they choreographed with Duckler.
Artist Jeff Kopp created the Punctuation Station installation and introduced the work, which speaks to the commercial signage and typographic forms that populate the urban landscape, and invites exploration through physical recognition.
The first in the 1988 series, Cloud featured dancer, Teresa “Toogie” Barcelo,” and musician, composer Joe Berry (M83) performing on and around the art piece designed by merge conceptual designs.
The performers explored the earth’s water cycle both above and below the earth’s surface that the sculpture is intended to embody, while the audience looked on from the upper and park levels of the property.