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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.



1201 SW 12th Avenue, Suite 222
Portland, OR 97205-2046

(503) 465-5302

Board of Directors

Andra Georges – 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
William Jay
Conrad Kaczor
Kya Bliss
Grace Euckor
Kiel Boston Moton
Photos coming soon!
Photo Credit, top to bottom: Shannon Rodriguez, Ashley Frutiger, Elia Mrak, and Mark Levine


Claire Thomforde-Garner
Managing Director

Claire works as a choreographer and arts administrator. She currently serves as Producer for Portland Experimental Theater Ensemble, Managing Director for Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest, and Director for sub.set dance.


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.



Upcoming Performances & Events

Since we saw you last in the pouring rain, we've been exploring the nooks and crannies of Portland and meeting new collaborators. We have some awesome experiences coming up, and we hope you'll share some of your summer with us!

Summer Events Calendar

August 6th, 5:30pm - 8:00pm - Every Mother's Sun at Sundown Festival
(Every Mother's Sun at 6:30pm)
August 20th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm - Our Summer Porch Party!
August 30th, 5:00pm & 6:15pm - FOREST at Hoyt Arboretum
September 12th, 7:00pm & 9:00pm - URBAN at Sustainable Northwest Wood
Every Mother's Sun
Join us for a free outdoor concert and Every Mother's Sun on August 6th
Ecotrust's Natural Capital Center in the heart of Portland's Pearl District:
721 NW 9th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
HDDT/NW has been invited to perform Every Mother's Sun, an original site-specific dance, at Ecotrust's Sundown Festival, on August 6th. The evening includes live music by Orquestra Pacifico Tropical & Mimicking Birds.
A free, annual, summer concert series: "the best local bands, the most inspiring and tenacious organizations and businesses, lip-smacking food and drink, and kid's activities galore."
Artistic Director Heidi Duckler joins forces with renowned Portland choreographer and HDDT/NW Associate Artistic Director Carla Mann in this two-part performance series, Urban/Forest – a site-specific exploration of Portland’s ever-changing growth and development.
Sunday, August 30th at 5:00pm and 6:15pm
Hoyt Arboretum4000 SW Fairview Blvd, Portland, OR 97221
Free Admission
Saturday, September 12th at 7:00pm and 9:00pm
Sustainable Northwest Wood2701 SE 14th Avenue, Portland, OR 97219
$25 general public, $15 students and seniors


Summer Porch Party!
Join HDDT/NW as more than an audience member


Grant Funding
We are grateful to The Oregon Community Foundation, The Oregon Arts Commission, and The Regional Arts & Culture Council! Because of their generous support we will be bringing you two exciting programs in the coming months: FOREST & URBAN.


New HDDT/NW Administrator
Meet our new Managing DirectorClaire Thomforde-Garner. A local dancer, choreographer, and arts administrator, Claire joined the HDDT/NW Portland team in March 2015. Read more about Claire's background in the performing arts, here

Past Events & Performances

Well Worn
University of Oregon's White Box 
December 10-11, 2014

Following the Rexel Performance in early December, HDDT/NW put on an installation performance at the White Box Gallery (24 NW 1st Ave) on December 10th and 11th.

Dancers inhabited the clean gallery space, subverting the remnants from a raw performance through projection, music, light, and the collaborative guidance of choreographer Heidi Duckler and media artist Damien Gilley. 


The Way She Wears the World
A Rexel Taylor Electric Farewell Performance
December 5th - 6th, 2014
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre performed almost one year later for a farewell show for the Rexel Taylor Electric Supply Company!  After such a successful performance last winter with Ragnarok, HDDT/NW was honored to close the space down before renovations began on this graffiti covered cultural Mecca in late December 2014. 
Eventually over time a new language was inscripted withing the burnt interior of what was left of the Taylor Electric Supply Building.  Theatrically danced vignettes now appear out from under the remnants of the orginial architecture.  Dug up from the soil, reflected in the water, revealed in the intact window frames.  What has survived is only a small protion of all that once existed.  
This performance was designed with a cenematic score, choreography by Heidi Duckler, movement by dancers Teresa Barcelo, Joshua Bigsnubb Dudley, Conrad Kaczor, William Jay, Akela Jaffi Auer, Jamuna Chiarini, Grace Eucker and lighting by fire by Bill Boese, costumes by Elodie Massa.  

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Art & Social Change: A Community Forum - September 20, 2014 

Associate Artistic Director Carla Mann along with artists, activists, and thinkers from Portland and beyond facilitated a participation-oriented community forum exploring ideas, practices, and possibilities within the shifting terrain of art and social change. Using a small-group format, eclectic teams–including performing and visual artists, scholars of multiple disciplines, activists working within a range of sectors, LGBT Requiem Mass Think Tank participants, TBA Festival audiences, and members of the public–gathered to tackle burning issues, discuss specific projects, and devise arts-based scenarios to address local problems. Find out more details on past and present PICA events on their website.


Whistling in the Dark
August 7, 2014
Using the company’s signature site-specific approach, Whistling in the Dark animated the terraced outdoor courtyard at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center with sultry, agile movement. Against the glowing backdrop of the setting summer sun, two local dancers mixed ballroom and breaking--with a bit of salsa thrown in for good measure--to transform the dark into a landscape of intimacy, intrigue, and connection.
Check out the Highlights HERE.

Photo Credit: Jim Lykins



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



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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