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The first American dance company to premiere a site-specific project in Cuba –– with only 48 hours to do so!
The first American dance company to premiere a site-specific project in Cuba –– with only 48 hours to do so!
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Heidi Duckler Dance Theater presents: "Siá Kará"

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(UPDATE: 3/23/16) With just over a week to go, we are excited to announce MATCHING FUNDS and TWO NEW PERKS

Seeing how close we are to our goal, an anonymous donor has offered to match up to $5000 in donations. With a little help from you all, this can push us OVER OUR GOAL! 

As an ADDITIONAL incentive, we have added two new perks: A Heidi Duckler Ultimate Swag-Bag and an autographed copy of our commemorative 30th anniversary book. Check them out in our "rewards" section!

The Company: Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, an international leader in site-specific dance, is embarking on a brand new adventure! 

This April, we will create and perform Siá Kará at the “Habana Vieja: Ciudad en Movimiento” (“Old Havana: City in Movement”) festival in Havana, Cuba. We’re honored not only to take part in the festival, but to be the first American dance company to premiere a site-specific piece in Cuba.

As a company that brings innovative dance experiences to non-traditional places,Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre has created performances at the intersection of architecture, dance, history, geography, and social justice for over 30 years. The company’s performance and outreach programs reach over 6,000 people annually in and outside of Los Angeles. 

Nick Heitzeberg (core company dancer). Shot by Ignacio Genzon.
Nick Heitzeberg (core company dancer). Shot by Ignacio Genzon.
 

The Project: "Siá Kará"

“Siá kará” is an Afro-Cuban phrase, meaning “to wash away the past.” Our Siá Kará, however, does not commemorate an erasure, but a restoration. 

The deterioration of U.S. - Cuba relations over 50 years ago created a rift that was difficult to cross. For all intents and purposes, cultural exchange between the two countries stopped entirely. Now that diplomatic relations are being restored, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre has the chance to be one of the first American arts companies to visit Havana and create exciting new collaborations. 

An opportunity so unique calls for something spectacular! Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will create a brand new piece, exclusively for the Old Havana festival. The challenge is that we only have 48 hours from wheels down in Havana until the performance—48 hours to find the perfect location, listen to what the City of Havana has to say, choreograph, and rehearse Siá Kará in its entirety.

Of course, these are the kind of circumstances in which Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre thrives!

Havana, Cuba: La Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana, photo by Patrice Fisher
Havana, Cuba: La Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana, photo by Patrice Fisher

The Impact 

Dubbed "the reigning queen of site-specific performance,” by the L.A. Times, Heidi Duckler values the limitless possibilities of cultural exchange and has created site-specific work all around the world.

Bringing Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre’s work to Cuba creates a mutually beneficial opportunity for both our company and the festival goers. We get to share our passion for site-specific dance with new audiences, while making connections with artists from around the world. We hope festival goers and participants alike will experience dance in a new way, and transform the way they view the world around them. 

"Ocean's Skin" (2014), photo by Dylan Evans
"Ocean's Skin" (2014), photo by Dylan Evans

What We Need & What You Get 

Traveling abroad is not cheap, but the rewards are well worth it. 

The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation awarded us a generous grant to support this project, but there are a few things we still need to cover: 

  • AIRFARE - $6,500+ 
  • ACCOMMODATIONS - $1,000+ 
  • ARTIST FEES - $6,500 
  • PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY - $1,000 

TOTAL - $15,000 

Of course we want to thank you for your generosity! We've created a variety of great rewards; check them out on the right side of the page.

BONUS: Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, so all contributions are tax deductible!

How you can help us bring site-specific dance to the streets of Havana:

  • Support Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre with a gift of any amount
  • Tell everyone you’re backing our project and they should too! 
  • Share our campaign with your friends and family through social media.
  • Stay connected: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram to hear about our Cuba adventure, as well as upcoming performances and events in Los Angeles and throughout the region. 

Thank you for investing in site-specific art! 

Your contribution and partnership allows Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre to present excellent performances across Los Angeles and throughout the world.

Risks and challenges

In dance, there are always challenges associated with performance, and site-specific dance comes with its own unique set. We deal with many of theses risks daily: we rely on our dancers’ bodies and health, we hope for fair weather, and we deal with the logistical challenges that arise with each individual project location.

This project comes with its own unique risks and challenges, not the least of which is creating (within 48 hours) a piece that honestly listens and responds to the City of Havana, while maintaining the strength of voice and vision that has made Heidi Duckler an iconoclast in the field of site-specific dance.

With over 30 years making site-specific work around the world, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre in uniquely qualified to handle the challenges of producing a new dance piece in a short amount of time, in a brand new site. We’re confident that with our artistic team, dedicated technical and production staff, and the steadfast support from fans we’ll create something phenomenal.

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    Receive access to exclusive company updates (sent quarterly via email), including:

    + New and archival company photographs

    + Behind-the-scenes footage of rehearsals and performances

    + Scanned ephemera from the company's 30-year-history (such as handwritten choreography, costume sketches, etc.)

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    Can't join us in Cuba? No problem!

    We'll send you a video of the "Siá Kará" performance, recorded LIVE from Havana, Cuba!

    You'll also receive a limited edition "Siá Kará" sticker that is only available during this campaign, and a special shout-out/thank-you on twitter, including your photo, bio, and a link to your website.

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    A Heidi Duckler Ultimate Swag-Bag (!), complete with postcards, a limited edition company sticker, a poster, a mug, and a vintage company-branded potholder from the 1980s.

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    NEW!!!

    Limited edition, autographed copy of our 30th anniversary commemorative book, archiving our past productions. This book includes stunning photographs, descriptions of each project, and (just for you) Artistic Director Heidi Duckler's autograph.

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    Access to exclusive digital performances--filmed projects that are not available to the public.

    You'll also receive a physical copy of an iconic Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre production photo.

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    Become an Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Member, and receive a special shout-out/thank-you on INSTAGRAM, including your photo, bio, and a link to your website.

    Mermbership perks include:

    + Discounted tickets

    + Invitations to members-only events

    + Quarterly newsletter from Artistic Director, Heidi Duckler

    + Our iconic image postcard series

    + And more!

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    Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Membership, plus two tickets to the performance of your choice during our 2016 season!

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    Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Membership and FOUR DANCE LESSONS (one hour each) from a current company member in the style of your choice.

    Styles include: Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Flamenco, Breakdancing, Jazz, West African, Tango, Popping and Locking...

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    Inspire your community and/or impress your friends, by BRINGING OUR DANCE COMPANY to your home, school, office, etc.!

    Heidi and two dancers will choreograph a short piece, exclusively for you!

    Also included: INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER! For the day of the performance, YOU will be running the Heidi Duckler instagram account!

    A contribution at this level ALSO qualifies you for Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Membership.

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    Become a part of our exclusive Leadership Circle and attend a private dinner with Artistic Director Heidi Duckler!

    Leadership Circle receives all membership benefits, plus an exclusive invitation to our Annual Summit, access to VIP seating at all performances, and individual recognition on company letterhead.

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