Grant Recipient Details


Palo Alto, CA

Ann Carlson, Palo Alto, CA
Project Title
Doggie Hamlet
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
National Dance Project Production Grant
Grant Amount

Doggie Hamlet is a full-length outdoor performance spectacle that weaves dance, music, visual, and theatrical elements with aspects from competitive sheep herding trials. Recalling the bucolic impression of a landscape painting or a 3D pastoral poem, it is performed by six human performers, one American Sign Language interpreter, two herding dogs, and a flock of sheep. The animal and human performers and the earth’s surface are at once performing as themselves and as living symbols. Through story, motion, site, and stillness, Doggie Hamlet explores instinct, sentience, attachment, and loss. Estimated artist fee: $18,000/performance, $30,000/week.

Tour Coordinator
Laura Colby, Director
Elsie Management
tel 718.797.4577

Presenter Partners
The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)
Dancer's Workshop (Jackson, WY)
Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)

Photo: Kelly Fletcher

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