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Dancers to Take Over L.A. City Hall

Photo by Andre Andreev.
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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.