"Laundromatinee" Dances Among the Dryers

Heidi Duckler's troupe is putting on the spin cycle.

By Alysia Gray Painter
|  Friday, Apr 23, 2010  |  Updated 10:30 AM PDT
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Collage Dance Theatre

The Collage Dance Theatre presents "Laundromatinee" on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24.

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Collage Dance Theatre has gained fame throughout the performing arts universe for provocative and thoughtful shows where even the setting is part of the story.

Because it is unusual to find Collage, and its founder Heidi Duckler, on a bare stage. Nope. They're over in an art gallery, they're prancing around a police academy, they're up on the side of a West Hollywood building, several stories up, swinging.

And on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24, they return to one of the locations the troupe is most associated with, the laundromat. Ms. Duckler developed her famous "Laundromatinee" over two decades ago, and she returns to revisit it every few years.This is that year, and this is that weekend, and the laundromat will be the Spin Cycle Coin Laundry at 2201 Beverly Boulevard. There will be four shows in all, and the price is $25.

Can you smell the fabric softener? Can you picture ball-heel-changes around the push baskets? The dancers will duck into machines, twirl over washers, strut by the little wall devices that dispense soap. So, it goes without saying that this will be one of the most memorable evenings of dance you'll ever experience. But we'll say it anyway.

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