On June 24, 2017 Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will preview a new work, Beyond the Waterfront, with a one-night-only public performance. The performance marks the first time immersive art has come to the Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s twin Tall Ships in San Pedro and a new collaboration between HDDT, LA Opera, Los Angeles Maritime Institute, and marine research incubator, AltaSea. A dance opera story of sirens and sailors on the ships and the wharf, Beyond the Waterfront pays homage to the late Leonard Bernstein with a multi-sensory work that tackles themes of collaboration, sustainability, and the influence of humanity on environment.
Duckler is thrilled to work with composer Juhi Bansal, and three singers from the LA Opera alongside six of Duckler’s own dance company members to create the piece. The audience will sit on the wharf of City Dock No. 1, the oldest pier at the Port of LA, immersed in the sights and sounds of the port, while watching the dancers perform on the anchored ships in the water. Duckler and her dancers will choreograph the piece in advance, though wind and sea conditions will contribute to an unpredictable and adventurous performance!
8:00PM – Light refreshments with a visual art exhibit and live music by Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor
8:30PM – Talk back
Moderator: Linda Grimes San Pedro Waterfront Arts District Representative
Panel: Heidi Duckler Artistic/Executive Director of Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, Jenny Krusoe Executive Director of AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, Captain Bruce Heyman Executive Director of Los Angeles Maritime Institute & Stacy Brightman Vice President, Education and Community Engagement, LA Opera
9:00PM – Performance
HDDT Dancers: Ryan Walker Page, Jillian Meyers, Corina Kinnear, Isaac Huerta & Tess Hewlett
LA Opera Singers: Jamie Chamberlin, Lisa Eden & Melissa Treinkman
The project is supported, in part by LA Opera, AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Maritime Institute, San Pedro Historic District, and the Council Member Buscaino’s Office.
Image by Sean Deckert