Please note time change: Doggie Hamlet is now set to begin at 4pm.
“Ann Carlson is a conceptual artist who uses gesture, text and humor to break your heart.”
—The New York Times
Doggie Hamlet is a full-length outdoor performance that weaves theatrical elements with competitive sheep herding trials. The work is performed by two women, two men, one boy, three herding dogs and a flock of sheep in a fenced field. Doggie Hamlet recalls the bucolic impression of a landscape painting or a 3D pastoral poem. The sheep, the dogs, the human performers and the natural landscape are at once themselves and stand as living symbols in this work. Through story, motion, site and stillness, Doggie Hamlet explores instinct, sentience, attachment and loss.
Ann Carlson borrows from dance, performance, theater, visual and conceptual art to create award-winning work that defies categorization. From the concert hall to the dairy farm, the opera house to the mountainside, in the museum or on a frozen pond, this post-modern dance pioneer continues to expand the parameters of choreography and performance.
Photo by Kelly Fletcher
Funds provided by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) through the National Dance Project and Deborah Irmas.
Additional funds were provided by The Surdna Foundation in support of CAP UCLA’s CODA21 initiative.