HDDT/Northwest


 

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Mission Statement

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest (HDDT/NW) redefines relationships between artists and audiences by presenting bold choreography in extraordinary places, and through collaborations with artists and communities of the Pacific Northwest, cultivates public engagement to create meaningful, multidisciplinary performances with exceptional artistic standards.

Contact

northwest@heididuckler.org

1201 SW 12th Avenue, Suite 222
Portland, OR 97205-2046
(503) 610-6925

Board of Directors

Donald Douglas – President
Andra Georges – Vice President
Jane Block – Treasurer
Daphne Cooluris – Secretary
Roy Abramowitz
Colleen Clarke
Benna Gottfried
Sally Leisure
Eric Rosenfeld

Core Company

Eva Wilder - Rehearsal Director

Erika Lachenmeier

Elia Mrak

Estelle Olivares

Joshua Thrower
Photo coming soon!

Photo Credit, top to bottom: Shannon Rodriguez, Ashley Frutiger, Elia Mrak, and Mark Levine

Staff

Carla Mann
Advisory Associate Artistic Director

Choreographing, teaching, and performing contemporary dance since 1983, Mann has been most recently commissioned by the Northwest Dance ProjectPortland Taiko, and Ten Tiny Dances and is currently a member of Minh Tran and Company. She serves as professor and chair of the Dance Department at Reed College.

 

Candace Kita
Development Administrator
candace@heididuckler.org

A Chicago native, Candace is an arts administrator, writer, and designer who relocated to Portland in April 2014. She graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, CA with a B.A. in Studio Art and Art History. After interning with the Los Angeles Public Library and the Social and Public Art Resource Center through the Getty Multicultural Internship Program, she served as Marketing & Events Associate for Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre and Visual Arts Curator for art+community space Tuesday Night Cafe. Her interests include experimental public art, indie publishing, food politics, and writing for arts blog Visual News.

 

 

 

Upcoming Performances

Whistling in the Dark
August 7, 2014
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Using their own site specific approach to the courtyard at Disjecta, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest will present a new work--Whistling in the Dark--which will immerse the audience in a spatial, visual and musical experience, transforming the dark into a landscape of intimacy and connection.

At Disjecta, 8371 N. Interstate Avenue, Portland, OR 97217
$15 advance / $20 door General Admission
$12 advance / $15 door Student/Senior (65+)

News

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest is proud to participate in the Regional Art and Culture Council's Arts for All Program! Anyone who receives food stamps (SNAP) and has an Oregon Trail Card is eligible to purchase performance tickets for $5 each. Show your Oregon Trail Card at the door before the performance to receive this reduced rate. Find more information here.

Past Performances & Events

Ragnarok
January 31 & February 1, 2014

If anything could convince you the building should remain as is, it's this performance. 
--Willamette Week

Ragnarok spun the tale of an ancient Norse legend through stunning contemporary dance, capturing a world of trolls, giants, and mythic monsters dancing amid one of Portland's most vibrant and quirky east side blocks. Animating the burnt shell of the abandoned Rexel/Taylor Electric Supply Building in SE Portland, the performance featured top talent from the West coast plus fearless students from Portland State University's Department of Dance. Read the press buzz surrounding this unique performance from Willamette WeeklyPortland MercuryThe Oregonian, and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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Photo Credit: Nick Shepard

 

Breaking the Cold Spell Fundraiser
January 24, 2014

Friends of Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest warmed up with an intimate evening including sparkling libations, hors d’oeuvres and a surprise performance by Artistic Director Heidi Duckler at the home of Andra Georges and Tim Shepard. The gracious evening supported the company's performative retelling of an ancient Norse myth, Ragnarok.


Photo Credit: Nick Shepard

 

L'esprit de l'escalier
September 21, 2013

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest inaugurated Reed College's new Performing Arts Building with a special site-specific piece, L'esprit de l'escalier. With dancers echoing the rhythms of the atrium staircase, the performance mobilized architecture as inspiration for movement.

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Photo Credit: Heidi Duckler

 

Something to Declare
September 6 & 7, 2013

Very sensitive and amazing use of the space and your dancer's strengths! I was truly moved by your vision.
--audience member Douglas Allen

Something to Declare contributed to Portland’s vibrant creative energy by "importing" seven fearless dancers from Seattle, Eugene, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Moving between the grand interior stairwell and courtyard of the historic Custom House in downtown Portland, the interdisciplinary dance performance distilled the site’s rich stories of exchange, commerce, and transition into daring physical movement. Paired with striking lighting design by Jennifer Lin and live musical accompaniment by composer N.F. Chase, the event awakened the renowned site’s long-standing architectural, cultural, and historical memory.

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Photo Credit: Ashley Frutiger

 

Expulsion - Portland
August 18, 2012

On three stories of scaffolding, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest collaborated with the captivating Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company to present a public art performance that wove cultural stories of expulsion into breathtaking choreography. HDDT/NW and Northstar presented this exciting Portland event with the generous support of Disjecta Contemporary Art Center.


Photo credit: Minh Tran

 

Feedback Fundraiser
June 23, 2012

Inspired by the creativity of Portland’s food trucks, the choreography explores mobility, shelter, and autonomy. Artists fed the audience a sneak peak riverside performance of Heidi Duckler’s new work Feedback in a vintage Airstream trailer.

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Photo credit: Danny Dickman
 

Off the Top of My Head
May 21, 2011

Performed by Carlos Rodriquez and Marissa LaBog and architecturally lit by local talent James Mapes, the duet performed on the roof of the Indigo Building against the backdrop of Portland’s glistening city lights.

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Photo credit: Minh Tran

 

Residencies

Laundromatinee
May 26, 2011

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest took a spin in residence at the University of Oregon School of Dance, Eugene.

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