Dance Heginbotham
Dance Heginbotham

24 Caprices

a Hop co-commission
February 22, 2021

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In this ambitious new virtual dance on film project, Dance Heginbotham (DH) collaborates with violinist Colin Jacobsen, "one of the most interesting figures on the classical music scene" (The Washington Post). DH founder John Heginbotham, his team of dancers and some surprise guest artists explore the eclectic, delightful, dark and melancholic turns of Niccolò Paganini's 24 Caprices for Solo Violin. Creating 24 miniature dances on film throughout this iconic city, each caprice is a captivating jewel, rhythmically intricate and varied in range, capturing a moment in this unprecedented time. With generous commissioning support from the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College and The National Center for Choreography at University of Akron (NCCAkron), DH will share the world premiere of the newest installments of 24 Caprices at a virtual watch party. As part of the event, DH dancer and Dartmouth alumna Mykel Nairne '16 joins John and Colin for a discussion about their creative process.

About Dance Heginbotham

Founded in 2011, Dance Heginbotham (DH) is a New York-based contemporary dance company committed to supporting, producing and sustaining the work of choreographer John Heginbotham. His work is known for its "tight formal structure and inventive movement, bolstered by a disarming wit and strangeness" (The New Yorker). Heginbotham danced with the Mark Morris Dance Group for 14 years; choreographed the Broadway Tony Award-winning revival of Oklahoma!; and has received numerous accolades, including the 2014 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award and the 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship.

With an emphasis on collaboration, DH enriches national and international communities with its unique blend of inventive, thoughtful and rigorous dance theater works. DH had its world premiere in January of 2012 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has since been presented by Arts Brookfield, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Harkness Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. In the spring of 2016, the company toured to Indonesia, Laos, and the Philippines as cultural ambassadors of the United States with the DanceMotion USA℠ program, a project of the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), produced by BAM.  

About Colin Jacobsen

Colin Jacobsen is "one of the most interesting figures on the classical music scene" (Washington Post) and was named one of the top 100 composers under 40 by NPR listeners. He is active as an Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning soloist and a touring member of Yo-Yo Ma's famed Silk Road Ensemble. Jacobsen was recently selected from among the nation's top visual, performing, media and literary artists to receive a prestigious and substantial United States Artists Fellowship.

Colin Jacobsen's work as a composer is inspired by encounters with leading exponents of non-Western traditions and by his own classical heritage. Among Jacobsen's most notable compositions are 'Brooklesca,' an homage to his Brooklyn home; 'Beloved, do not let me be discouraged...,' as heard on the quartet's acclaimed recording with Kayhan Kalhor; and 'Achille's Heel.' His most recent compositions include 'Three Miniatures' – "vivacious, deftly drawn sketches" (The New York Times), which were written for the reopening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Islamic art galleries. His work for dance and theater includes music for Compagnia de' Colombari's theatrical production of Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself.'

Funded in part by the Melville 1960 and Leila Straus Fund, the Carolyn R. Kohn 1976 Dance Artist-in-Residence Fund, and gifts from Amy and Henry Nachman '51 Tu'55 and Judy H. and Thomas E. Oxman '71

Photos: Whitney Browne

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