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Melanie Kloetzel and Carolyn Pavlik

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034003

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034003.001.0001

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Heidi Duckler

Heidi Duckler

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Site Dance

Melanie Kloetzel

Carolyn Pavlik

University Press of Florida

Collage Dance Theatre is a Los Angeles-based site-specific dance company in which Heidi Duckler serves as the artistic director. Duckler values community and historical elements, and she is known for utilizing sites that are often overlooked for performances on a large scale. Along with her sister Merridawn Duckler, she is able to formulate choreography and scripts that reflect the features of her chosen sites. At the beginning of the interview, Duckler is able to implicitly differentiate site-adapted work from site-specific work, and was also able to identify the difference between choreographing for specific sites and conventional theaters. She expresses how she is inspired by ordinary life and utilizing what is available to her for integrating into the performance. Duckler also articulates that the most challenging yet advantageous aspect of doing site work is that she has to work with people who are not involved in the art world.

Keywords:   Heidi Duckler, Merridawn Duckler, site-adapted work, site-specific work, art world, Collage Dance Theatre, historical elements, community elements

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