What physical gestures and movements do you most associate with a library?
The cinema would have us believe that the "shhhh" action, with a finger held to the lips, is the most common. But flipping through a book is a frequently seen movement, too, as is browsing a shelf and reaching for a novel on a high rack.
But leaps, twists, kicks, and undulations will take the place of all of those traditional library-based gestures at the Glendale Public Library Central Library on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 26. "Back in Circulation" is the name of the work, and Heidi Duckler Dance Troupe, a group famed for its site-specific dance pieces, will once again bring innovative performance to an unusual space.
What to do, where to go and what to see
Indeed, this is the troupe that has, in recent years, capered about a laundromat, the shuttered Linda Vista Community Hospital in Boyle Heights, and the fire escapes of the Emser Tile Building in West Hollywood. Jumping off and away from a traditional stage, into locations most of us would think of as very unstage-like, is one of the tenets of this acclaimed troupe's memorable mission.
"Back in Circulation," a "re-imagining" of "Out of Circulation," a work that premiered at Santa Monica Public Library in 1993, will flow with themes surrounding information as well as its "accessibility, accuracy, creation, destruction, veracity."
The performance, which begins at 8 o'clock on Aug. 26, is free, but you'll want to RSVP.
The Glendale Public Library Central Library? Find the historical landmark at 222 E. Harvard Street in Glendale.