Performances & Events

January 31 & February 1, 2014

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest’s Ragnarok spun the tale of an ancient Norse legend through stunning contemporary dance. Animating the burnt shell of the abandoned Rexel/Taylor Electric Supply Building in SE Portland, the performance featured top talent from the West coast including Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, as well as fearless students from Portland State University's Department of Dance. Ragnarok captured a world of trolls, giants, and mythic monsters dancing amid one of Portland's most vibrant and quirky east side blocks. Read the press buzz surrounding this unique performance from Willamette Weekly, Portland Mercury, The Oregonian, and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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.

Photo Credit: Heidi Duckler


Something to Declare
September 6 & 7, 2013

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.

Photo Credit: Ashley Frutiger


Expulsion - Portland
August 18, 2012

On three stories of scaffolding…Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest (HDDT/NW) 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 Contempoarary 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.

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 this duet performed against the backdrop of Portland’s glistening city lights on the roof of the Indigo Building.

Photo credit: Minh Tran



May 26, 2011

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


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.


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We would like to welcome Candace Kita as the new Development Administrator of the company! Formerly the Marketing & Events Associate for Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre in Los Angeles, Candace recently relocated to Portland, where she will build upon her knowledge of Heidi Duckler's work. She is very excited to see all the arts and cultural happenings that Portland has to offer! Read more on Candace below.


Oregon Daily Emerald, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre's 'Laundromatinee' fuses banality, beauty, by Ryan Imondi, May 25, 2011

Social Rythms, Heidi Duckler Takes Dance Out of the Theater and into the Public Eye, by Jordon Cloud, May 27, 2011

Board of Directors

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

HDDT/Northwest Supporters

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


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


Carla Mann
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

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.