KTCHN - A Dance Collaboration

An evening length performance installation choreographed by Ryan Heffington and featuring original music, artwork and costumes created by an all star team.
Ryan Heffington
Los Angeles, California
United States
1 Team Member
KTCHN will premiere May 3, 2013 @ Mack Sennett Studios 
Dates: May 3-5, 10-12, 17-19
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- Dance in Los Angeles
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With KTCHN my goal is to to create a new kind of art experience for Los Angeles audiences. The show is inspired by the paintings of New York based contemporary artist Nolan Hendrickson. As the NY Times noted,"In Mr. Hendrickson’s electric celebration of the active body, everything, including sexuality and the surface of the canvas, is in perpetual motion." It is precisely this aspect of his work that makes me so excited to create dance from his "strenuously athletic" characters. KTCHN will feature some of the most talented dancers in LA, one-of-a kind couture costumes, larger-than-life sets, and a myriad of opportunities for audience engagement. This project will be my most elaborate endeavor to date as an independent artist. The music for KTCHN holds equal importance to the choreography, set design, costume design and overall production value. I have been busy contacting my favorite musicians and collaborators to help create the most exciting and unique soundtrack to date for a dance based project. Some of the artists I am honored to have contributing tracks for the show are Twin Shadow, Autre Ne Veut, Active Child, Daniel Lanois, and more (I have to keep some surprises for opening night.) Bridging the gap between a a Broadway musical, a fine art exhibit, a docu-drama and a killer dance party, my hope is for this show to define all that is strange, beautiful and “must-see” in Los Angeles. 

In order to realize this dream, I am reaching out to my amazing community of artists and dance lovers across the globe to help generate the necessary funds for KTCHN. Donations will help pay for: 
sets (wood, backdrops, paint), props, costumes (material, printing and dry cleaning) cha cha heels, wigs, specialty make-up, lighting instruments, PR and promo materials and most importantly the team of extraordinary dancers, artists (costume designers, set builders and their teams) producers, stage managers and lighting techs who will be working diligently to create this spectacle. There is no amount too small - every dollar counts. It takes a village to put on a Heffington production!!! I thank you in advance for helping make this dream a reality and hope to see you at the show!


A little bit about Nolan:

Nolan Hendrickson was born and raised in Olympia, Washington in 1976. He dropped out of an architecture program at the California College of Art in San Francisco and graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in 2000 with a humanities degree. Nolan is represented by Ramiken Crucible in New York. This past December he showed new work with Zach Feuer Gallery in New York and at the Nada Fair at Miami Basel.  He currently lives and works in New York City. 





A little bit  about me the Director / Choreographer:
Since arriving in Los Angeles in 1991, I have worked consistently as a dance instructor, choreographer, and instigator of dance parties/events all over the city. My personal mission is to share my love of dance to the world via classes and performances that  allow people to both spectate and participate. I have always found inspiration in the remarkable community of artists I have had the blessing of being surrounded by and have forged many collaborations in order to create performances and site specific projects that mix choreography, video, music, dance and costume design.

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In 2010, I opened my dance studio The Sweat Spot in Silverlake, California. Our goal was to create a safe, non-competitive, and inspiring space for dancers ranging from toddlers to grandparents to come move, sweat and share the amazing spirit of dance. Today our studio is home to doctors, healers, rock stars, directors, grandmas, fine artists, bakers, clothing designers and literally thousands of dance enthusiasts who have walked through our doors. 

In 2012, I participated in a grant / workshop program called Dance Advance. The program’s aim was to help individual choreographers and dance companies expand their audiences from a local to national level. During these workshops, lectures and informative conversations, the question of what I wanted to do with my career proposed itself:
- Do I want to continue choreographing commercial work? Yes!
- Do I want to continue to teach? For sure!
- Will I continue to foster a dance community through The Sweat Spot? Definitely!

But most importantly - I want to commit to producing more of my own work and to be recognized as an American artist. My longing to create signature performative / interactive spectacles has never been stronger. From this seed - KTCHN was born!


Below is a statement taken from the MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) blog in conjunction with my 3 month residency under Engagement Party / Heffington Moves MOCA:

Every once in awhile an artist comes along and reinvigorates a community. For Los Angeles, this is Ryan Heffington. For the last 10 years, Heffington has been performing in and choreographing an array of dance and dance-related events. Orchestrating large-scale spectacles and awe-inspiring happenings, Heffington has been working in the margins of the arts institution with an unwavering vision of what dance can offer. He has challenged the status quo by subverting gender norms through drag, creating Leigh Bowery-esque costumes that distort the body’s silhouette, and surpassing every expectation that confines art in a particular space. Performing in both underground clubs and museum galleries (and everywhere in between), Heffington has shown us time and time again that there are no limits to what he can and will do. His work has been presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum, Charlottenborg Museum (Copenhagen), REDCAT, Highways,The Standard Hotel LA/NYC, and L.A.C.E. Gallery. In 2010, Ryan was commissioned to create "Heffington Moves MOCA", a three month residency as part of the museum's Engagement Party Series. These packed shows included dance classes, performances with interactive projections, and living sculpture art installations. For his finale, Ryan choreographed "Heavy Metal Parking Lot: The Musical" -  a dance punk music performance piece which included two live bands, more than forty dancers, muscle cars, opera singers and costumes by the couture Danish design house "Moon Spoon Saloon." With over 2000 people in the audience, the performance broke attendance records for the museum.

Some of Heffington’s credits include:
Music Videos: Sigur Ros, Little Dragon, No Doubt, Ke$ha, The Gossip
Television: Muse @ The Grammys, Rupaul’s Drag Race Seasons 1 - 3
Commercials: Evian, American Airlines, Pizza Hut, Lipton

Please visit www.SIRHEFFINGTON.com for more information on Ryan’s artistic / commercial ventures and his community / outreach dedication.

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  • $10USD
    WoodenSpoon Level

    A very special thank you in the "KTCHN" program.

    22 out of 500 claimed
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  • $25USD
    SilverSpoon Level

    One Sweaty Sundays dance class at The Sweat Spot + a special thank you in the "KTCHN" program.

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  • $35USD

    Come visit a rehearsal with Ryan and the cast and get a very special look into the creative process and a sneak preview of things to come!

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  • $50USD
    GinsuiKnifeSet Level

    Two Sweaty Sundays dance classes at The Sweat Spot + a special thank you in the "KTCHN" program.

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  • $55USD

    The KTCHN Cookbook - curated by Darin Klein (the Hammer Museum) this limited edition box of books will document the behind the scenes with exclusive photos, essays, collages and artwork. A true collector's item.

    20 out of 50 claimed
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    BrevilleEspressoMachine Level

    A photo of the cast by Daniel Trese + two Sweaty Sundays dance classes at The Sweat Spot + a special thank you in the "KTCHN" program.

    15 out of 100 claimed
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  • $250USD

    A limited edition signed print of Nolan Hendrickson's work + a photo of the cast by Daniel Trese + two Sweaty Sundays dance classes at The Sweat Spot + a special thank you in the "KTCHN" program.

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  • $500USD

    Two tickets to our private opening night VIP party + a limited edition signed print of Nolan Hendrickson's work + a photo of the cast by Daniel Trese + two Sweaty Sundays dance classes at The Sweat Spot + a special thank you in the "KTCHN" program.

    3 out of 50 claimed
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  • $1,000USD

    Executive Producer Credit + two tickets to our private opening night VIP party + a limited edition signed print of Nolan Hendrickson's work + a photo of the cast by Daniel Trese + two Sweaty Sundays dance classes at The Sweat Spot + a special thank you in the "KTCHN" program.

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