Dancing on Ampersands

Ever visit Target in Westfield Culver City and stop dead in your tracks thinking Is that a huge, purple question mark lying on its side?

It is, and who can blame you for asking?

That purple question mark, and the yellow ampersand and various other colorful punctuation marks are part of Punctuation Station—an art installation by Jeff Kopp.

The 2009 work intends to “invert the language and visual devices of advertising as a means of engaging the community. In contrast to advertising signage meant to convey a specific message, these oversized punctuation marks invite exploration through physical interaction and activate a range of interesting spaces such as beneath the escalator or on top of the balcony.”

And of course, in typical Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre fashion, we think those commas, and periods, and ampersands would make an outstanding performance space!

This Sunday (May 7, 2017), our dancers will join dance students from Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts to create and share brand new works. At 5:30 pm our company dancers will perform their piece in “Target Court,” after which the Culver City students will share their work.

Punctuation Station is part of our year-long performance series, 1988, which celebrates the Culver City Centennial.

1988 features four site-specific dance performances by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, which center on six featured artworks from Culver City’s public art collection.

Jeff Kopp will be on hand Sunday evening to introduce his work, and the performance will conclude with a public talk-back, allowing the audience to engage with artists, performers, director and producer.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. You can secure at tickets to Punctuation Station here.

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