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.
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)
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.
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.)
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.