Immigrant Stories Inspire Art

1abab7e6-a23f-42ac-818e-1197e5708b56When Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre premieres Night Market, it will serve as the culmination of nearly a year of ethnographic, behind-the-scenes work. With guidance from UCLA’s Labor Center, Duckler spent much of early 2016 filming interviews with the vendors and staff of Central Wholesale Market, the produce market that provides ingredients for many of LA’s hottest restaurants. The Market itself represents something of an LA microcosm: immigrants from the Americas, many African countries, and the Caribbean work alongside lifelong Angelenos, ensuring that restaurants, cafes, and homes across the city have the food they need.

At the conclusion of the interview process, Duckler recruited local artists faadad0b-5a5a-4ad7-913d-f9c3d23f7533for collaboration. Each selected artist, as well as Duckler and her company dancers, will use the interviews as inspiration for new works, they will share during Night Market. In addition to live dance performances and music, the production will include painting, wood burning, weaving and other multi-media installations. Participating artists include: Zachary Aronson, Grace Hwang, Scarlett Kim, Jameelah Nuriddin, Christopher Reynolds, and Frank Valdez.

Night Market was made possible with support from the California Arts Council, and California Humanities, a non-profit partner of National Endowment for Humanities. Visit

Performance & Ticket Information:
Night Market – June 25, 2016, 8pm
Central Wholesale Market, 1211 E. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles
Tickets available now – $10 at or at the door

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