Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre in new series

When I am King premiereNow through November 4, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre in Los Angeles is presenting its newest work, When I Am King, on select days at Chinatown’s King Hing Theater. Asking the question “What does it mean to be king?”, the performance invites audiences into a movie theater that has been dormant for over 20 years and was once rumored to be days away from purchase by film director Quentin Tarantino.


When I Am King explores what it means to be a public figure—by whatever measure: a presidential candidate, a YouTube star, or just a person who likes to inform their “followers” about today’s lunch. In a time when people are no longer individuals, but brands, what does it mean to have control or power?


Audiences travel through the theater with this mobile work, enjoying danced pieces throughout the space—each examining a different identity, and aspect of the cult of personality. Duckler has collaborated with two longtime friends for the production – renowned multi-disciplinary designer Dan Evans and composer Amy Knoles. This same team was the creative force behind 2003’s Sleeping with the Ambassador.


The walkable art installation opened on Saturday, October 8 and will conclude on Friday, November 4. To see show times or to book tickets, head to www.heididuckler.org/wheniamking.


Photo courtesy of Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre.