Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre
Lauren Donia, Media Director



Tuesday, June 2, 2015


When Isa Hirano, artist and calligrapher, puts brush to canvas she attempts to mine the depths of her subconscious, hoping a deep-seated truth will surface in her art.

In Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre’s upcoming performance, Brush Up, spiritual guides, in the form of four of Duckler’s dancers, will lead Hirano on her artistic journey. Accompanied by LA-based musician Chris Garcia, playing indigenous instruments, the four muses will inspire Hirano as she paints a room-sized canvas, but as negative space turns to positive space each dancer will find his or her own liberation in the movement. Fed by the energy of the painting, the dancers will evolve: starting as someone else’s muse and ending as their own.

Brush Up celebrates Duckler’s decades-long commitment to cultural exchange and bringing international artists to Los Angeles.

Brush Up is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs. The program is co-sponsored by the Brand Associates.

Media Information:
RGB image below, CMYK version and additional images available upon request.
Photo credit: Paul Antico.
Journalists or photographers interested in visiting a rehearsal should contact Lauren Donia.

Performance & Ticket Information:
Brush Up – June 13, 2015, 12pm & 3pm – Glendale Brand Library & Art Center (1601 W Mountain St.)
Tickets are free but an RSVP is required.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre
Founded in 1985 by choreographer Heidi Duckler, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre has created memorable dance experiences in extraordinary locations for three decades. Called the “reigning queen of site specific performance” by the LA Times, Duckler is dedicated to building audiences for the arts, especially in underserved communities. HDDT creates contemporary art experiences in nontraditional places and learning opportunities in diverse neighborhoods that redefine the relationship between audience and art through the cultivation of innovative partnerships. As the company begins its 30th anniversary season, expect Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre in unexpected places.

Heidi Duckler has created more than 200 dance pieces all over the world. Awards include a City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs COLA Award, California Arts Council Choreography Fellowship and National Endowment of the Arts American Masterpiece award.



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