Not too many decades ago, Angelenos saw the air they were breathing on a daily basis. Today, L.A.’s serious smog days are far fewer, but issues of breath and breathing still carry meaning and concern for L.A.’s doyen of site specific performance Heidi Duckler and her eponymous company. On this excursion, the dancers, writers, actors and musicians that make up Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre guide the audience around the Barlow Respiratory Hospital grounds for Catch Your Breath. The tour promises an exploration of the physical site as well as metaphysical questions about breath and movement and being. An acute care hospital specializing in respiratory patients for more than a century, Barlow Hospital is known for its success in weaning respiratory patients off of their ventilators, teaching them how to breathe again on their own. As usual, Duckler and her collaborators draw from the human stories as a part of the site’s history. Guests are advised to wear walking shoes and dress to keep warm. The performance moves apace, but with stops to Catch Your Breath at the Barlow Respiratory Hospital, 2000 Stadium Way, dwntwn.; Fri.-Sun., Oct 26 -28, 7 & 9 p.m.; $25. www.heididuckler.org or (818) 784-8669
Thu., Oct. 25, 7 p.m.; Oct. 26-28, 7 & 9 p.m., 2012
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