Founded in 2011, Dance Heginbotham is a performance group devoted to the presentation of dance and theatrical work created by Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer John Heginbotham. The work of the company features highly structured, technically rigorous, and theatrical choreography, frequently set to the music of contemporary composers. The company had its world premiere in January of 2012 on the Millennium Stage at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has since been presented by the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Carolina Performing Arts.
John’s work has been seen at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, and the New York and Toronto Fringe Festivals, among other venues. He has created work for Dartmouth College, Purchase College, Long Island University, The Wooden Floor (Santa Ana, CA), Big Apple Baroque, Oasis Theater (Minneapolis, MN), art/pop group Fischerspooner, and the cabaret artists Lady Rizo and the Assettes and Our Lady J. John is a two-time recipient of the Jerome Robbins Foundation New Essential Works (NEW) Fellowship Grant.
Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, John graduated from The Juilliard School in 1993, and was the recipient of the Martha Hill Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Dance. He has danced in the works of Pam Tanowitz, John Jasperse, Rebecca Stenn, Janis Brenner, Allison Chase, David Neumann, Ben Munisteri, Stanley Love, Vanessa Walters, and Pilobolus Dance Theater (guest artist). From 1995 – 1998, he was a member of Susan Marshall and Company, originating roles in her evening-length works, The Most Dangerous Room in the House and the award-winning dance opera composed by Philip Glass, Les Enfants Terribles. John was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1998 – 2012. As a member of MMDG, he has performed across the United States and internationally with artists including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, The Bad Plus, Zakir Hussain, and with opera companies including The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and the English National Opera.
As a teacher, John offers dance master classes in the United States and abroad. He has taught at institutions including Princeton University, the University of California, Berkeley, George Mason University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Washington, and The Laban Centre in London. He is currently on faculty at the Mark Morris Dance Center, and is a founding teacher of Dance for PD®, an ongoing collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group.