2017–18 Season: Choreographer of Girls of the Golden West
Making his San Francisco Opera debut in Girls of the Golden West, choreographer and dancer John Heginbotham graduated from the Juilliard School in 1993, and was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1998–2012. In 2011, he founded Dance Heginbotham (DH), a performance group devoted to the presentation of his dance and theatrical work. The company has been presented and commissioned by Baryshnikov Arts Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carolina Performing Arts, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Joyce Theater, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, among others. In the spring of 2016, DH traveled to Indonesia, Laos, and the Philippines as part of DanceMotion USASM, a cultural diplomacy initiative of the U.S. State Department, produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
In addition to DH, Heginbotham is active as a freelance choreographer. Recent projects include Candide with the Orlando Philharmonic (2016), Daniel Fish’s Bard Summerscape production of Oklahoma! (2015), Angels’ Share for Atlanta Ballet (2014), and two projects with Isaac Mizrahi: The Magic Flute with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (2014) and Peter and the Wolf for the Guggenheim Museum’s Works and Process Series (2013), which has become an annual holiday event. A frequent collaborator, Heginbotham has worked with numerous and diverse artists and ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, Brooklyn Rider, Raymond Scott Orchestrette, composers Tyondai Braxton, Ethan Iverson, and Colin Jacobsen, vocalists Gabriel Kahane and Shara Nova, puppeteer Amy Trompetter, and artist and author Maira Kalman. He is the recipient of the 2014 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award and two Jerome Robbins Foundation New Essential Works (NEW) Fellowships (2010 and 2012).