A program featuring the World Premieres of new works created by choreographers Stefanie Batten Bland and John Heginbotham with support from the Jerome Robbins New Essential Works (NEW) Program. Stephanie Batten Bland’s A Place of Sun (2012) is a collaboration with visual artist Benjamin Heller, blending dance and sculpture in an investigation of adaptation and transformation. In John Heginbotham’s Twin (2012), a cast of vivid characters comes to life in this work set to music by British electronic musician and composer Richard D. James (aka Aphex Twin).
Stefanie Batten Bland
Stefanie Batten Bland graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and studied dance at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She attended SUNY Purchase on a dance scholarship, and the New School for Social Research on a scholarship for postcolonial literature studies. In 1998, she joined the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, where she spent several seasons as a soloist.
Additionally, Bland has danced for choreographers, directors, and companies including Sean Curran, Kraig Patterson, Gus Solomons Jr., Douglas Dunn, Lar Lubovitch Dance, Pina Bausch Tanz Theater Wuppertal, Compagnie Linga, and Pal Frenak. In 2008, Bland established her contemporary dance company, CSBB. In 2005 and 2006, Bland’s company performed as part of Joyce Soho Presents, a series created to encourage young choreographic talent. The company has since performed at Symphony Space and the Saratoga ArtsFest. Bland has choreographed for the Mu Terminal Conservatory in Budapest, and her works have been performed in Prague, Brussels, Spain, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Denmark, France, throughout the United States, and for UNESCO’s International Dance Day.
John Heginbotham’s work has been performed at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, The Museum of Modern Art (with the art/pop group, Fischerspooner), and the New York and Toronto Fringe Festivals. He has created commissioned dances for the award-winning youth company The Wooden Floor (Santa Ana, CA), Big Apple Baroque, DanceNOW[NYC], the cabaret troupe Lady Rizo and the Assettes, and the rock band, NICKCASEY.
Upcoming projects include commissions from Long Island University and The Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase, a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and a production of Franz Schubert's Winterreise in collaboration with baritone Jesse Blumberg. Heginbotham is a graduate of The Juilliard School, and has danced in the companies of Susan Marshall, John Jasperse, and Pilobolus Dance Theater (guest artist). Heginbotham has been a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group since 1993, and is currently on faculty at the Mark Morris Dance Center. He is a founding teacher of Dance for PD (TM), a program initiated by MMDG and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group.