This dynamic, forward-thinking company furthers its deep commitment to collaboration across artistic disciplines through activities in Indonesia, Laos, and the Philippines.
Dance Heginbotham has quickly established itself as one of the most adventurous and exciting new companies on the American contemporary dance scene. Founder and artistic director John Heginbotham is best known for his 14-year tenure as a dancer with Mark Morris Dance Group. The Brooklyn-based company has been celebrated for its vibrant athleticism, humor, and theatricality, as well as its commitment to collaboration; past works have featured accompaniment by music ensembles Alarm Will Sound and Shara Worden and visuals by beloved author and illustrator Maira Kalman.
Since it was founded in 2011, the company has maintained a strong focus on artistic partnerships and a humanistic philosophy of community, driven in part by Heginbotham’s well-established reputation as an arts educator to all levels, ages, and backgrounds. It is this principle that guides their exchange with the communities in Indonesia, Laos, and the Philippines, a rich landscape in which both ritual and contemporary dance and music have flourished.
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John Heginbotham graduated from Juilliard in 1993 and was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1998 to 2012. In 2011 he founded Dance Heginbotham (DH), a performance group devoted to the presentation of his dance and theatrical work. In addition to DH, he has choreographed many independent projects, including several operas, and in July 2014, the Atlanta Ballet premiered his first ballet, Angel’s Share. Heginbotham frequently incorporates live music in his work, having worked with Alarm Will Sound, American Classical Orchestra, Brooklyn Rider, Fischerspooner, Raymond Scott Orchestrette, Tyondai Braxton, Colin Jacobsen, Gabriel Kahane, and Shara Worden, among others. He is a recipient of the 2014 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award and two Jerome Robbins Foundation New Essential Works (NEW) Fellowships, in 2010 and 2012.
Heginbotham has garnered a reputation for engaging dance students of all ages and abilities. He is on the faculty at Princeton University and has set work on academic institutions, including Barnard College and Dartmouth College. He has taught master classes across the globe and is a founding teacher of Dance for PD®, an ongoing collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group for people with Parkinson’s disease.