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New York, NY

Photo by Amber Star Merkens

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, John Heginbotham graduated from The Juilliard School in 1993, and was a member of Mark Morris Dance Group (1998-2012). In 2011, he founded Dance Heginbotham, a New York-based contemporary dance company that has toured nationally and internationally. John received a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2014 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. Other awards and fellowships include Research Fellow at the National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron-NCCAkron (2018-2020), 2017/18 New York City Center Choreography Fellowship, 2016 Fellow at NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts, and Jerome Robbins Foundation New Essential Works (NEW) Fellowship (2010, 2012).

Sought after as a freelance choreographer, John’s independent projects include the Tony Award and Olivier Award-winning revival of Oklahoma!, directed by Daniel Fish (Bard Summerscape, 2015; St. Ann’s Warehouse, 2018; Broadway, 2019; National Tour, 2021/22; Young Vic London, 2022, West End 2023); “Meet The Family”, Season 3, Episode 1 of Umbrella Academy on Netflix; RACECAR for The Washington Ballet (2019); and John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West, directed by Peter Sellars (San Francisco Opera, 2017; Dutch National Opera, 2019). John is the Director of the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble, and is a founding teacher of Dance for PD®, an ongoing collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group.

In February 2018, Heginbotham was selected to participate in NCCAkron's second-ever Research Residency and was situated in the University of Akron School of Music. His initial visit saw him working with UA faculty members Robert Brownlow and James Wilding as well as music composition students to research modular and chance elements in music and their application to choreography. His future Research Residency visits over the next three years will see him further interacting with the UA community as he continues to explore a range of interests including "current 3D video technology, motion capture, VR and mushrooms" (interview with DanceInforma).

Research Residency (2018-2020)

Satellite Residency (2020)

Ideas in Motion: 21st Century Dance Practices (2022)

Creative Residency (2022)

Community Commissioning Residency (2023)

Creative Residency (2023)

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