DANCE HEGINBOTHAM

Celebrated for its vibrant athleticism, humor, theatricality, and commitment to collaboration, Dance Heginbotham (DH), led by Artistic Director John Heginbotham has established itself as one of the most adventurous and exciting new companies on the contemporary dance scene, marking its 10th anniversary in 2022.

DH Repertory Program

Offering a thoroughly delightful curated evening of dance, DH’s repertory programs feature a mix of the company’s signature athleticism, humor, and theatricality.  Presenters may choose a DH curated repertory program or work collaboratively with the company to select pieces from John’s diverse array of choreographic works to bring the perfect blend of wit, charm and meticulous musicality to your dance audience.

DH Repertory Program offerings includes DH: I LOVE NY, an irresistible, jazz inflected evening of dance featuring music by midcentury maverick Raymond Scott and jazz pianist Ethan Iverson. Program includes: Easy Win, Peanut and Manhattan Research.

Additional repertory options include:
Program A: Villa, Angel’s Share, The Fandango
Program B: Scratchband, Twin, Manhattan Research
Program C: Scratchband, Only If You Mean It, Closing Bell or Lola
Program D: Easy Win, Lola, Closing Bell

Repertory programs can be performed with live or recorded music.

Fantasque (2016)

Running time: 60 minutes (Performed with live music)
Choreographer: John Heginbotham
Puppet and Set Design: Amy Trompetter
Composers: Ottorino Respighi, Gioachino Rossini
Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce
Costume Design: Maile Okamura

A new ballet for audiences of all ages where giant puppets and human dancers join forces to create a fable of a battle of light and darkness. Fantasque is the creation of choreographer John Heginbotham and puppeteer Amy Trompetter. Featuring a fantastical cast of characters that includes a giant baby, blue angels, devils, rats, and a restaurant where the customers are tuxedo-wearing fish, DH creates an ebullient and magical pageant in a thoroughly delightful marriage between puppetry and dance. The New Yorker hails the work “a zany surrealist story.”

You Look Like a Fun Guy (In Development)

ANTICIPATED PREMIERE: 2023
Inspired by John Cage’s interest in mycology and methods of creation, Dance Heginbotham’s
You Look Like a Fun Guy is a roving performance that can move fluidly between outdoor and indoor settings and celebrates Cage’s spirit — virtuosity and risk, serious curiosity and playfulness. You Look Like a Fun Guy may occur both outdoors and indoors with audience members journeying along with the action, potentially including a guided mushroom walk/tour. You Look Like a Fun Guy will be set to music by Gyorgy Kurtag and John Cage, as well as to original music composed by Colin Jacobsen. Curious and impressionistic, You Look Like a Fun Guy is not an ode to John Cage, though he is at its heart. You Look Like a Fun Guy will happily reflect his personality and the seriousness and the playfulness of Cage’s compositions.

VIRTUAL COMMISSIONS

24 CAPRICES

24 short dances on film created during these unprecedented times.

In March 2020, Dance Heginbotham (DH) was rehearsing Dance Sonata, a brand-new work with composer Ethan Iverson set to premiere this summer 2020 at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. With that work disrupted, a compelling idea emerged when Works & Process at the Guggenheim approached Artistic Director John Heginbotham with the opportunity to create a Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commission. Using Niccolo Paganini’s 24 Caprices as an inspirational launching point, Dance Heginbotham joins forces with violinist Colin Jacobsen, “one of the most interesting figures on the classical music scene” (The Washington Post), to explore the caprices’ delightful, dark, and melancholic turns. 

Filmed in New York City over the coming year, 24 Caprices is Dance Heginbotham’s ambitious, new virtual dance project, featuring John, Colin, and a team of dancers and surprise guest artists. Each caprice is a captivating jewel, rhythmically intricate and varied in range, capturing a moment in this unprecedented time.

Commissioners:

There are a total of 24 Caprices to be developed and are offered at three commissioning levels that vary in cast size: Ampio, Medio, and Piccolo. Running times for the films will range between 1:30 to 7 minutes in length and are not directly related to cast size. There are options to be a sole commissioner or co-commissioner

Three (3) Commissioning Options:

Ampio (large): This caprice offering features up to 9 company dancers, Colin Jacobsen on violin and a creative team that includes John Heginbotham (choreographer), Maile Okamura (videographer), and Jody Elff (sound design).

Medio (medium): This caprice includes approximately 5 dancers alongside violinist Colin Jacobsen. Creative team includes John Heginbotham (choreographer), Maile Okamuraa (videographer), and Jody Elff (sound design).

Piccolo (small): A small but mighty caprice, this offering features a special guest artist from the Dance Heginbotham family. Additional personnel to realize this caprice include: Colin Jacobsen (music),  John Heginbotham (choreographer), Amber Star Merkens (rehearsal director), Maile Okamura (videographer) and Jody Elff (sound design)

VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS

24 CAPRICES WATCH PARTY!

Join John Heginbotham, Colin Jacobsen, and featured performers as they share with audiences the journey of creating an original dance work in the midst of Covid-19. Audiences will gain insight into the collaborative process at the heart of 24 Caprices, as well as the challenges and inspiration uncovered while working in this new, social distanced and online platform. The evening includes a screening of 2-3 completed Caprices, as well as the world premiere of the commissioned Caprice. A Q&A session with the audience will follow. The virtual event can be shaped to meet the interests and engagement goals of the commissioner. 

Details:

  • Technology: Zoom is required or similar platform provided by presenter.

  • Moderator shall be provided by presenter. Company may provide a moderator  upon request.

  • Presenter to provide virtual stage manager to run the technology and stage manage the event. 

  • Company requests a virtual technical rehearsal approx. two weeks before the event to run through the technology and ensure a smooth run.

  • Approximately 60 minutes (40 minute multimedia presentation which includes screening of up to 3 completed Caprices as well as a discussion with featured artists. 20 minute Q&A session to follow.)

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

dh movement workshops

Company offers movement classes for Dance Departments or Community Organizations in: Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Technique and Composition. Company also offers Limited Mobility Workshops. Classes may be tailored and adapted as needed.

Details:

  • Technology: Zoom is required or similar platform provided by presenter.

  • 25 Students Max.

  • 60 minute workshop plus 15 minute Q&A with John Heginbotham. 

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Masterclasses: Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Technique
Led by Artistic Director John Heginbotham or company dancers, this class focuses on developing techniques for moving efficiently and expressively, with consciousness, strength, and grace. Special attention is paid to exploring and understanding the role of musicality in dancing.  Each class begins on the floor, incorporating the anatomically sound movement principles of 20th Century dance pioneers Irmgard Bartenieff and Rudolf Laban. A standing, ballet-informed center follows, and the class concludes with a series of dynamic traveling and jumping combinations. Live musical accompaniment preferred. Running time: 90 minutes. 

Choreography Workshop
Led by Artistic Director John Heginbotham, students learn to develop movement material for solo and groups, through various problem-solving activities. Participants will be asked to create dance studies focused on musical structures, narrative, physical interaction, and partnering. The class will end with time devoted to viewing and discussing the work created. Live musical accompaniment is an essential part of this class. Running time: 120 minutes.

Limited Mobility Workshop
Led by Artistic Director John Heginbotham and founding Dance for PD teacher, this is a customized dance workshop which emphasizes the creation of a gentle, focused space for dancing to occur.  A sensitivity to the specific concerns of people with limited mobility is inherent but the class is centered on the aesthetic, athletic, and expressive possibilities of dance.  Requirements:  sufficient lighting for proper visibility of the floor; chairs; piano (if live music is not available, a CD player is acceptable). Maximum Participants: 40. Preferred Length: 1.5 hours.

Q & A with Dance Heginbotham
Artistic Director John Heginbotham and Managing Director will offer a brief history of John’s career and Dance Heginbotham’s history, and will then take questions from students. Topics covered in the past include: Artistic Process, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Dancer Health & Wellness Advice, The Life of a Dancer, Arts Management/Producing, and Current state of American Modern Dance.

Pre and post-performance discussions available upon request.

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  • 05.31.2020

    Virtual: Works & Process: Dance Heginbotham moderated by Isaac Mizrahi

    Works & Process at the Guggenheim

    New York, NY

  • 07.28.2020

    Virtual: Streaming You Look Like a Fun Guy

    "Art in the Garden" Series at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    Brooklyn, NY

  • 02.22.2021

    Virtual: 24 Caprices Watch Party!

    Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College

    Hanover, NH

  • 04.30.2021

    Virtual: 24 Caprices Watch Party!

    Performing Arts Center @ SUNY Purchase

    Purchase, NY

  • 03.10.2022 — 03.12.2022

    Greater Bridgeport Symphony Commission: The Planets

    Mertens Theater

    Bridgeport, CT

For more information, please contact:

Sandy Garcia

Sandy Garcia

Director of Booking

212.278.8111 ext. 3425