Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents

Dance Heginbotham

HERZ SCHMERZ (World Premiere)

October 10-12, 2019

Following their 2017 collaborative debut The Principles of Uncertainty, choreographer John Heginbotham and artist/writer Maira Kalman co-conceive a new dance-play, HERZ SCHMERZ. Early 20th century Swiss author Robert Walser’s witty writings inspire an eccentric and hyper-detailed landscape of movement, text, visual design, and live chamber music, creating an impressionistic observatory of life's beautiful minutiae and most important themes.

Conceived by John Heginbotham and Maira Kalman
Choreography by John Heginbotham
Text by Robert Walser
Music by Hans Huber
Design by Maira Kalman


The creation of HERZ SCHMERZ was made possible with support from the Ford Foundation 2017-2018 Art of Change Fellows program and Baryshnikov Productions.

Lead support of dance programming at BAC is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment.

Major support for dance programming and activities provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Dance/NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


HERZ SCHMERZ is the featured program of BAC Fall Fête 2019.


John Heginbotham
Artist Bio

John Heginbotham

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, which has been presented and commissioned by Baryshnikov Arts Center, BAM, Duke Performances, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. Heginbotham received a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship and in June 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award in recognition of his unique choreographic vision and promise. He is currently a Research Fellow at the National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron, was awarded a 2017-18 New York City Center Choreography Fellowship, was a 2016 Fellow at NYU's Center for Ballet and the Arts, and is a two-time recipient of the Jerome Robbins Foundation New Essential Works Fellowship (2010 and 2012). Sought after as a freelance choreographer, Heginbotham’s current projects include the Tony Award-winning Oklahoma!, directed by Daniel Fish (premiere at Bard Summerscape, 2015; St. Ann’s Warehouse, 2018; Broadway, 2019); John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West, directed by Peter Sellars (premiere at San Francisco Opera in 2017, touring internationally in 2019); and Candide (premiere with Orlando Philharmonic in 2016, touring with The Knights chamber orchestra in 2018-19).

Read More
Show Less