Sunday, June 14, 2015

Brush Up: Dance Meets Calligraphy in Heidi Duckler's Latest Show

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We've been a fan of the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre--formerly known as the Collage Dance Theatre--for years. (Check out our 2004 post on the troupe's performance at the old Perino's restaurant here, and our 2003 post on the troupe's show at the old Ambassador Hotel here.)

We've always loved the idea of Duckler bringing her performers to unusual spots, and this weekend the troupe was in our neck of the woods: the Brand Library and Art Center. "Brush Up" was not only a dance performance, it was a showcase of live art. Here's how Duckler describes it:

A small, kimono-clad woman pushes a gigantic brush around a gallery floor-sized canvas, beautiful calligraphy materializes in her wake. Around her, hip-hop dancers break, pop, lock and krump their way around the floor, led by the visual language of the calligraphy and meeting it with their physical expression. Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will be joined by Isa Hirano, Japan’s top calligrapher to perform Brush Up in Glendale’s Brand Library & Art Center.

Best of all, the show was FREE. A highlight was the elaborate but stripped-down music, composed and performed by Chris Garcia. Dancers Teresa "Toogie" Barcelo, Deidra "Krucial" Cooper, Nick Heitzeberg and Ja-Young Kim kept composed and dignified, even in the art gallery's humidity (and even as they were covered in paint). Some photos:

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