Ann Carlson
Doggie Hamlet
Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 4PM & 4PM
Will Rogers State Historic Park

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


  • This is a site-specific, outdoor performance so please dress appropriately. We suggest bringing a jacket or sweater since the temperature drops quickly as it gets closer to sunset.
  • The parking lot is not paved and there are no sidewalks leading to the Polo Field. It could be muddy so wear sensible, outdoor shoes.
  • Seating is general admission on hay bales placed along the sidelines of the Polo Field. We will make sure that they are dry, but you may want to bring a blanket or cushion to sit on.
  • No dogs are allowed as they will frighten the sheep.
  • The performance goes on rain or shine so you may want to bring an umbrella if rain is forecast.
  • Refreshments will be available for sale before and during the performance.
  • Port-a-potties will be on site.
  • The Polo Field is wheelchair accessible and there will be a golf cart for anyone needing transportation assistance from the parking lot to the Polo Field. But please advise the UCLA Ticket Office in advance if you will need assistance or if there is a wheelchair in your party so we can reserve seating for you that can accommodate a wheelchair.
  • The performance is timed to end at dusk. There will be some lights in the parking lot but please let CAP UCLA staff know if you need assistance getting to your car.


Parking for this event is $12 per car and must be paid in cash. A special lot has been reserved for CAP UCLA patrons so please follow the signs. Attendants will also be on hand directing traffic.


Will Rogers State Historic Park is located off Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades at 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road. Please go to their website for directions and more information about the park.

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.

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