A 3500-mile journey to 12 acres and one hour

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre

Lauren Donia, Media Director

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre condenses 3500-mile journey to 12 acres and one hour
Dance company will present a modern retelling of Charles Fletcher Lummis’s trek across America

In 1884, when the nascent Los Angeles Times offered Cincinnati-based writer, Charles Fletcher Lummis a job, he accepted, and informed the paper he’d arrive on foot. For the following 143 days, Lummis trekked 3500 miles across the United States. Dressed in a flamboyant getup, Lummis encountered extreme weather, broke his arm and made hundreds of friends along the way—all documented through dispatches in the Times.

Inspired by Lummis’s trek, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre’s 143 Days will bring the audience on a journey through the historic Southwest Museum building, a site founded by Lummis more than a century ago. Accompanying six company dancers, local musician Chris Garcia will play an array of indigenous instruments.

143 Days is presented in partnership with the Autry Museum of the American West and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in conjunction with the Lummis Day Festival.

Media Information:
RGB and CMYK images available upon request.
Journalists or photographers interested in attending a rehearsal should contact Lauren Donia.

Performance & Ticket Information:
143 Days – June 4, 2016, 4pm
The Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus, 234 Museum Dr. Los Angeles
Tickets available now – http://bit.ly/hddt143days

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre

Founded in 1985 by choreographer Heidi Duckler, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre has created memorable dance experiences in extraordinary locations for three decades. Called the “reigning queen of site specific performance” by the LA Times, Duckler is dedicated to building audiences for the arts, especially in underserved communities. HDDT creates contemporary art experiences in nontraditional places and learning opportunities in diverse neighborhoods that redefine the relationship between audience and art through the cultivation of innovative partnerships. As the company begins its 30th anniversary season, expect Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre in unexpected places.Heidi Duckler has created more than 200 dance pieces all over the world. Awards include a City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs COLA Award, California Arts Council Choreography Fellowship and National Endowment of the Arts American Masterpiece award.



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