I am a huge fan of site specific dance not only because it is awesome to see how a choreographer can interpret a space and translate it into movement, but also because it introduces dance to those who are not familiar with the art form. I am also enamored with the work of Heidi Duckler Dance Theater (HDDT), not just because Heidi Duckler went to college at the same school as myself, but also because most, if not all of her incredible work is performed at a public site. The first and only time I had the chance to see Heidi’s work, I was standing next to a woman and her young son who happened upon the free performance and probably had never seen modern dance before. You can’t find a story like that in any traditional theater!
The company was invited to perform at the Ninth International Festival of Movement and Dance at the Volga, and they need our help to put together a professional and educational documentary of their experience dancing in Russia. They created a site-specific dance which was inspired by Valentina Tereshkova, the first female cosmonaut to travel into space. The final piece was entitled “Oh, Cosmonaut” and was performed live in Yaroslavl, Russia.
Want to help? Lucky for you, Heidi Duckler Dance Theater set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise money so that they can present their work at Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, California on November 4, 2011. Donate and help HDDT change the way the world thinks about dance and space!
Please visit their Kickstarter page to learn more about Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, the “Oh, Cosmonaut” project, and some of the awesome benefits that you can reap if you donate. There are only five days left to help out so be sure to log on and donate!
Watch this preview video of “Oh, Cosmonaut” and try to tell me that this work isn’t an exciting and innovative piece of art!