Heidi Duckler Dance Announces 2022 Artist-in-Residence Program

Los Angeles-based dance company Heidi Duckler Dance has announced the Artist in Residence @ Heidi Duckler Dance program, a program that centers cultural and artistic exchange, nurtures experimentation, and supports the research and development of new work.

“The idea of ​​hosting an artist residency came about when our company returned to work at our headquarters in the historic Bendix Building in downtown Los Angeles. When we started inviting the public back to our live performances, we noticed our own internal struggles. It occurred to me that an artist from another community could help foster a meaningful exchange, explore ideas with us, and together we could find a new inspiration that would enrich our lives and our practice,” said Heidi Duckler.

The first artist in residence for this inaugural program will be Ching Ching Wong. Ching Ching will act as choreographer and creative director for the company, in addition to teaching and performing in Heidi Duckler’s programming during her residency. His residency dates are April 4, 2022 through June 30, 2022.

Heidi Duckler asked me to fly off a building, jump out of a yellow Mustang, and swim in a pond dressed as a duck. When she asked me to be the first artist in residence for Heidi Duckler Dance, I said QUACK, YES! Heidi Duckler Dance is a creative laboratory where lightness and vulnerability come together, where artists from all mediums are encouraged to explore the unknown, and where communities from all corners of the world and of all ages come together. The world is heavy and our hearts are aching, so now, more than ever, I see the priceless need for human connection. As Artist-in-Residence for Heidi Duckler Dance, I’m honored to have this chance to create with you, connect, and maybe be a duck with you.
– Ching Ching Wong

Originally founded in 1985, HDD is a pioneer in the production of interdisciplinary performances. The company develops and repeats each multi-sensory experience in the place where the work is made. HDD advances social equity in disadvantaged communities by providing members of the public and students with the opportunity to interact with meaningful spaces, public and private, to which they might not otherwise have access.

These innovative experiences allow participants to see these places and their communities in new and interesting ways. Over the past 35 years, HDD’s Artistic Director, Heidi Duckler, has created over 400 original works locally, nationally and internationally, including in many LA neighborhoods such as: Downtown LA (the historic , the Arts District, the Commodity District and the Fashion District), Boyle Heights, Koreatown, Studio City, Van Nuys, Hollywood, Venice, San Pedro and South LA. Duckler’s work has been internationally recognized in Hong Kong (Hong Kong Urban Arts Festival 2007), Russia (Link Vostok International East-West Arts Exchange 2010), Montreal (Transatlantique Quartier 2013), Germany (Tanzmesse, 2014 and 2018), Australia (Brisbane Festival 2014), Cuba (Ciudad en Movimiento 2016) and Chile (Puerto de Ideas 2018). This year, HDD received grants for upcoming performances and arts education initiatives including; LA County Department of Arts and Culture, City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs, New Music/USA, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, City of Ojai, City of West Hollywood and Culver City, Green Foundation, Jerry Kohl , Olga Garay-English, California Community Foundation – Arts Recovery, GROW Annenberg Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. HDD produces more than 25 original productions each year, and thousands of diverse residents are served each year.

Visit http://www.heididuckler.org for more information.

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