Saturday, June 3, 2017

Heidi Duckler Dance Troupe

Weeks ago, on Kim West's Instagram feed,
I saw arresting photos of her canvases in an abandoned swimming pool.
Curiosity piqued, I learned she was preparing the scenery for a dance performance.
That's how Scotch and I found ourselves trekking to Agoura Hills on a Saturday night, cooler filler with provisions, for an unexpected evening of experimental art.
Tucked into the Santa Monica mountains,
the round pool at the Peter Strauss Ranch was at one time the largest west of the Mississippi.
Drained, long ago, of water and frolicking children it remains a beautiful eyesore,
a relic of its former self.  
The unconventional setting was magical.
As the sound of ethereal bells filled the sunken amphitheater, 
three dancers, cloaked in bright robes and vintage bathing capes, 
descended the hill above the fenced in structure,
and made their way into the pool.
A stunning splash of movement and color as the sun set,
a flawless summer kick off.

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