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. DH has toured to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Vail International Dance Festival among others. A recipient of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, Heginbotham is well-known for his 14-year tenure as a dancer with Mark Morris Dance Group and most recently choreographed the Tony Award-winning and highly acclaimed Broadway production of Oklahoma! in 2019.

AN EVENING WITH DANCE HEGINBOTHAM & ETHAN IVERSON

Artistic Director John Heginbotham and longtime collaborator and composer Ethan Iverson will again join forces following the success of Easy Win in 2015. Heginbotham and Iverson will develop two new works as companion pieces to creating a full evening program dance and piano to engage and delight dance and jazz audiences alike. Repertory available for this program include:

Dance Sonata (Working Title) (Premiering 2020/21)

Running Time: TBD
Choreographer: John Heginbotham
Composer: Ethan Iverson
Performers: 7 dancers, 1 pianist

Dance Sonata (Working Title) will leverage the artists’ collaborative voice to capture the unique nature of dancers and musicians in performance as embodied by the athleticism and musicality of DH’s dancers and accompanied by Iverson’s sonata.

Easy Win (2015)

Running Time: 30 minutes
Choreography: John Heginbotham
Composer: Ethan Iverson
Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce
Costume Design: Maile Okamura
Performers: 7 dancers, 1 pianist
Featured Music: Score If Not, Then Waltz; Lily Pad; Jumps for Harriett; An Unlikely Romeo; Slow Grind; I’d Love a Rag; Movie Cue; Big Three

Easy Win is a collaboration with jazz pianist and composer Ethan Iverson. The piece is inspired by John and Ethan’s shared experiences with formal ballet class, which range from dramatic to humorous, mundane to disturbing.  While exploring the established constructs of a dance class from musicological, sociological, and personal standpoints, Easy Win dissects this ritual with equal amounts of humor and sincerity.

Easy Win premiered at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail International Dance Festival (Vail, CO) on August 4, 2015.

PROGRAM FOR ORCHESTRAS & CHAMBER ENSEMBLES

Following the success of Lola, commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra and performed with the NSO and guest Joshua Bell in 2012, and Peanut, commissioned by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra in March 2019, Dance Heginbotham seeks to partner with local orchestras to create a rich, enlivening experience that engages broad dance and music audiences. Programs can be designed to accompany full or chamber orchestras, capturing the company’s keen musicality. Contact Pentacle for instrumentation lists. Repertory available for this program include:

Lola (2012)

Running Time: 30 minutes
Choreography: John Heginbotham
Composer: Édouard Lalo
Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce
Costume Design: Maile Okamura
Performers: 7 dancers
Music: Symphonie Espagnol

Choreographed to Édouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole and performed live on stage by world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell and the National Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Michael Stern. Lola celebrates the interplay between musician and dancer, creating vibrant action and delicate moments amongst the performers.

Lola premiered in 2021 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, celebrating the company’s 5th Anniversary.

Angels’ Share

Running Time: 21 minutes
Choreography: John Heginbotham
Composer: Ernst von Dohnányi
Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce
Costume Design: Maile Okamura
Performers: 5 dancers
Music: Serenade in C Major for String Trio, Op. 10

Ethereal and witty, Angels’ Share captures Heginbotham’s verve and musicality, inspired by the angels’ share of wine or whiskey, the portion of liquid which evaporates into the ether and a platform for the five dancers’ distinct virtuosity. As Brian Siebert wrote in the New York Times, “…it is a barefoot affair that responds felicitously to the surface and undercurrents of Ernst von Dohnanyi’s Serenade in C for String Trio. The dance is bright with witty detail, yet also shaded with loneliness. Particularly in a women’s duet, there’s a beautiful sadness that’s not easy to label. That tone, as much as the quirkiness, is coming to define what makes a Heginbotham dance distinct.”

Angels’ Share was originally created for Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi project and premiered at the Lancaster Music Festival, Lancaster, Ohio in 2014.

Peanut (2019)

Running Time: 4 minutes
Choreography: John Heginbotham
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Costume Designer: Maile Okamura
Performers: 1 dancer
Music: Circus Polka: For a Young Elephant

Illuminating the absurd and dynamic in Stravinsky’s “Circus Polka,” this sprightly solo evokes a big-top environment amid the score’s soaring, heavy brass.

Commissioned by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.

The Fandango (2016)

Running Time: 7 minutes
Choreography: John Heginbotham
Composer: Luigi Boccherini
Costume Designer: Maile Okamura
Performers: 6 dancers

Performed to the “Fandango” from Luigi Boccherini’s Guitar Quintet in D Major, scored for string quartet, classical spanish guitar and castanets.

The Fandango was co-commissioned by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Arts Brookfield. Presented as part of the River to River Festival 2019.

Only If You Mean It (2018)

Running Time: 7 minutes
Choreography: John Heginbotham
Composer: Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performers: 2 dancers

Selections from Villa-Lobos’ compositions are played on guitar as dancers use a ballet/modern vocabulary to enact compositional gambits.

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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.

Post-performance discussions available upon request. Pre-show discussions/talks also available.

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  • 07.08.2019

    Creative Residency

    White Oak

    Yulee, FL

  • 07.22.2019 — 07.29.2019

    Creative Residency

    Kingsborough College (CUNY Dance Initiative)

    Brooklyn, NY

  • 08.25.2019 — 08.28.2019

    Candide

    Ravinia Music Festival

    Highland Park, IL

  • 10.07.2019

    BAC Gala Performance: HERZ SCHMERZ

    Baryshnikov Arts Center

    New York, NY

  • 10.10.2019 — 10.12.2019

    World Premiere: HERZ SCHMERZ

    Baryshnikov Arts Center

    New York, NY

  • 10.24.2019 — 10.27.2019

    World Premiere for Washington Ballet

    Sidney Harman Hall

    Washington, D.C.

  • 11.22.2019

    World Premiere: Cincinnati Orchestra featuring DH

    On the stage at Music Hall

    Cincinnati, OH