The Kennedy Center

John Heginbotham



Biography

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, John Heginbotham graduated from The Juilliard School in 1993, and was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) from 1998 – 2012, performing lead roles in L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato; The Hard Nut; Four Saints in Three Acts; and Romeo and Juliet: On Motifs of Shakespeare. During his time with MMDG, he toured across the United States and abroad with artists including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, The Bad Plus, and Zakir Hussain, and performed with opera companies including The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and English National Opera. In 2011, John founded Dance Heginbotham (DH), a performance group devoted to the presentation of his dance and theatrical work. John is the recipient of the 2014 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award and two Jerome Robbins Foundation New Essential Works (NEW) Fellowships (2010 and 2012). In the Fall of 2016, he was a Fellow at the NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts. John and Dance Heginbotham have been invited to participate in creative residencies at The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (2016), The Banff Centre (2016), Brooklyn College (2016), LMCC's Extended Life program on Governor's Island (2016), CUNY Kingsborough (2015), Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (2013, 2014, 2015), the Watermill Center (2013), and Baryshnikov Arts Center (2011, 2012). John has collaborated with numerous and diverse artists and ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, Brooklyn Rider, American Classical Orchestra, Raymond Scott Orchestrette, Fischerspooner, composers Tyondai Braxton, Ethan Iverson, and Colin Jacobsen, pianist Yegor Shevtsov, multi-instrumentalist Nathan Koci, vocalists Jesse Blumberg, Gabriel Kahane, and Shara Nova, puppeteer Amy Trompetter, and artist and author Maira Kalman. In addition to his work with DH, John is active as a freelance choreographer. Recent projects include director Daniel Fish's Bard Summerscape production of Oklahoma! (2015), Angels' Share for Atlanta Ballet (2014), and Isaac Mizrahi's Peter and the Wolf for the Guggenheim Museum's Works and Process Series (2013), which has become an annual holiday event. John's work has been featured in the music videos of Fischerspooner and NICKCASEY, and in the live performances of cabaret artists Lady Rizo and Our Lady J. John's growing list of opera commissions include Candide with the Orlando Philharmonic (2016); The Magic Flute at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, directed by Isaac Mizrahi (2014); Handel's Alceste for the American Classical Orchestra (2014); Macbeth for the Manhattan School of Music's Opera Studies Department (2014); and Maria de Buenos Aires at the Cork Opera House (2013). John is on faculty at Dartmouth College and is the Director of the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble. He is a founding teacher of Dance for PD(r), an ongoing collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group.
John Heginbotham