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Arts and Entertainment

Dancers to Take Over L.A. City Hall

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Photo by Andre Andreev.

Photo by Andre Andreev.
After having made and presented dances in local sites including a laundromat, a dry river bed, a jail, a condemned but history-infused hotel and a handful of international locations, Collage Dance Theatre will bring its army of artists into our very own iconic city hall for three performances of Governing Bodies starting this Saturday. Led by choreographer/director Heidi Duckler, whom the LA Times has labeled the "reigning queen of site-specific performance," the company will take over the 1928 Historical-Cultural Monument and explore its architecture, politics and urban life through movement and music.

Traversing through and around the limestone corridors and marble columns, the Byzantine style Rotunda and into the City Council Chambers, the audience will follow the dancers as original music composed by Daniel Rosenboom cushions the statuesque edifice. Promotional materials refer to the piece as celebrating the democratic process and including artists skilled in Flamenco, West African and breakdancing, hinting at our citywide diversity in movement terms.

Collage Dance Theatre often includes collaborating specialists in its productions and Duckler and her brood have received many local and regional awards in its 25-year history.

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Given the uniqueness of the environment for a live art performance, it’s probably worth the price of admission just to see the space from this unconventional angle. The engaging performers are always experienced entertainers and adept adventurers, making the event one of a kind and well worth the time.

Click here to watch the trailer and note that this Saturday’s opening night includes a post-performance gala reception honoring City Councilwoman Jan Perry.