Midcentury Modern Residence Is Time Warp for Site-specific Performance on the Pacific Edge

  • PALOS VERDES, California
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  • January 18, 2017

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Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre

California's Palos Verdes Art Center will host "Andy Anderson," a site-specific performance created by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre for the 1959 Midcentury Anderson House designed by Aaron G. Green. With original music performed live by Yvette Cornelia and the Treehouse, intimate choreographies will happen in the living room/kitchen, the master bedroom, and the zen garden. A culminating performance by the pool will feature the three dancers and four musicians and will draw on the architecture of the home and secretive behaviors of the 1960's culture of the Rancho Palos Verdes community.

The Anderson Residence

"A subterranean world existed beneath societal norms and was expressed in underground bowling alleys, shooting ranges, bomb shelters, and wine cellars and this combination of recreation and paranoia - that which is buried in the earth and buried in the mind - will serve as the inspiration for this one time only event," says Heidi Duckler, Artistic Director.

Called the "reigning queen of site-specific performance" by the LA Times, choreographer Heidi Duckler has created more than 200 contemporary art experiences in nontraditional spaces since 1985.  Awards garnered by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre include a City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs COLA Award, California Arts Council Choreography Fellowship and National Endowment of the Arts American Masterpiece award.

The Anderson Residence was designed by renowned California architect Aaron G. Green (1917-2001) FAIA, a protégé and associate of Frank Lloyd Wright. Situated on the Palos Verdes bluffs, the 1959 residence is an exemplar of Midcentury Modern design. Adopting Wright's philosophy of Organic Architecture, Green had a thriving practice distinguished by his commitment to a harmonious relationship between site and structure, and a respect for the properties of the natural materials utilized.

Palos Verdes Art Center presents HOUSE a site-specific performance on the Pacific edge on February 4, 2017, 4:30 - 8pm.

Featuring Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre and architecture by Aaron G. Green, FAIA, followed by Wearable Expressions 7th International Juried Exhibition runway show by José O. Lemus, sound by William Reed.

This exclusive event begins with sunset cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by two unique performances. Limited attendance.

TICKETS: $150 Advance Purchase; $250 VIP 


HOUSE is presented by Palos Verdes Art Center and is a related event of Aaron G. Green and California Architecture, on view at PVAC January 21 - May 28, 2017 and Wearable Expressions 7th International Juried Exhibition, on view February 10 - April 16, 2017. 

Palos Verdes Art Center will exhibit Aaron G. Green and California Organic Architecture, opening January 21, 2017 with an opening reception 6 to 9 pm. The curator, architect and architecture historian Alan Hess, will give a talk at 7 pm. The exhibition will feature rare photographs and original architectural renderings and plans from the noted architect's office, as well as period shelter magazines spotlighting Green's work. The exhibition will remain on view at PVAC through May 28, 2017.

"Architect Aaron G. Green (1917-2001) FAIA, was one of Organic Architecture's most talented proponents. Inspired by the complex patterns, rugged textures and varied forms of nature, Organic Modernism offered an alternative to the sharp-edged glass box Modernism known as the International Style. Though he worked primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area, Green launched his career in Los Angeles after World War II when the region's creative energy flourished.

Green's long independent practice produced Organic designs for custom homes, public housing, churches, schools, and internment facilities. He was widely published in House Beautiful and Architectural Digest. But his additional role as Frank Lloyd Wright's associate in their joint San Francisco office also placed him at the forefront of some of America's most visionary architecture during the fruitful final decade of Wright's life. The graceful Butterfly Wing bridge to cross southern San Francisco Bay was never built, but the equally visionary Marin County Civic Center was; Wright entrusted Green to see it to completion after Wright's death.

"This is the first exhibit of Aaron G. Green's work to be presented in Southern California," says Alan Hess, Curator. 



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