Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre to Celebrate South L.A. at the Dunbar Hotel, 9/5-6
On Saturday, September 6, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will present Dancing at Dunbar, a site-specific performance at Dunbar Village, home of The Dunbar Hotel. The piece is based on Life's Tragedy and Sympathy, two poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar. After successful performances of At the Oasis throughout LA, and following a residency for South LA youth at A Place Called Home the day before, on Friday, September 5, Dancing at Dunbar will celebrate Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre's work in the community with two performances at The Dunbar Hotel. The first performance at 5pm will be free for the residents of Dunbar Village, followed by another at 8pm open to the public. Tickets go on sale Monday, August 25 at http://bit.ly/dancingatdunbar.
The program will unfold in two parts, and will be performed by core company dancers Teresa Barcelo, Marissa Labog, Joe Schenck and Wilfried Souly. "We're thrilled to give the community residents of this iconic building the chance to experience this work for free," stated Heidi Duckler, Artistic/Executive Director of Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, and choreographer of Dancing at Dunbar, "This is also a great opportunity to highlight for our audience the beauty and significance of this often underappreciated treasure that is The Dunbar Hotel."
Built in 1928, The Dunbar Hotel, originally the Hotel Somerville, was a pillar of the South Central African- American community in Los Angeles for decades. It is known for hosting the first NAACP national convention in the western US, as well as housing legends such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Lena Horne, at a time when African-American performers were not allowed to stay at major hotels. In 2008, the building became a residence for seniors and underserved community members.
Tickets for the one-night only performance go on sale August 25. General tickets are $40, with a special $20 rate for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/dancingatdunbar. Dunbar Village is located at 4225 South Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90011. For more information about the venue, visit http://www.tsahousing.com/properties.aspx?propID=1598.