ryan heffington // ktchn


During the month of May, Ryan Heffington and dance crew along with painter Nolan Hendrickson, collaborated in making Nolan’s paintings come to life through dance.  We went to opening night, closing weekend, and once inbetween.  Needless to say, we were inspired, touched, excited, and in love.  Photographer Daniel Trese, Ryan Heffington, and animator Johnny Woods were then commissioned by MoCAtv to do a flim based off of the dance based off of the paintings..wow.  This video is based off of one of my most favorite dances from the show.

We love what MoCA has been doing these last few years quite a bit, and are thrilled they made this happen!

Take a watch.


Press Release:

Presented by cultureEDIT
Film based on Ryan Heffington’s critically acclaimed show KTCHN. Inspired by the paintings of Nolan Hendrickson.
Debut: Monday July 22, 2013
10 am PST.
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cultureEDIT is proud to announce LIVE NUDE DANCING, a collaboration between photographer Daniel Trese,
choreographer Ryan Heffington and animator Johnny Woods. Commissioned by MOCAtv, the film is based on a piece
from Heffington’s critically acclaimed show KTCHN that premiered on May 3rd at Mack Sennet Studios in Los Angeles. Inspired
by the characters of Nolan Hendrickson’s paintings, KTCHN bridged the gap between a dance-performance, a contemporary
art installation, a fashion show and a killer dance party that explored celebrity culture, human loneliness, public versus private
image and new elements of drag and queer culture. LIVE NUDE DANCING airs on MOCAtv as part of the channel’s Artist
Video Projects strand which features special commissions and innovative artist video collaborations.
In LIVE NUDE DANCING, the leading character becomes consumed by newfound fame. He starts off arrogant, cocky and
confident, seemingly knowing that he has the seductive qualities to become a star. He works his moves, stellar presence and
dresses to impress – serenading his audience. As he takes on his public persona, we enter on-and-off dual realities narrated
through extraordinary use of animation. One follows his intrinsic experiences and submission to fame, and the other his
determination to maintain his status. Success quickly turns into greed, taking over his famished personality and clouded ego.
The camera and the public eye become his worst enemy. Their ownership of his life turns absolute as he performs in tandem
with the stream of cash, desperately holding on to his stardom trough degrading cheap tricks and thrills. At the point of
saturation, money slows down, and his exhausted need for attention and validation leads to a state of desperation that have
his fans and the celebrity machine pull away from their desired super star. Left alone, naked and defeated, he is brought down
to his knees scrambling for leftover cash, and ultimately becomes a victim of his own doing.
Trese’s film functions as an extension of a specific scene from KTCHN based on Hendrickson’s painting LIVE RESORT
WEAR, a flattened representation of human desperation and the attempts to conceal and defeat it when placed in the public
Features GREEDY BOY, original track written and performed by Alex Black.
Filmed on location at Mack Sennet Studio.
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