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John Heginbotham Premiere with Puppets - "FANTASQUE"

John Heginbotham Premiere with Puppets - "FANTASQUE"


John Heginbotham


NYU Skirball, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square
New York, NY


Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 3:00pm daily through November 18, 2018, 7:30pm daily through November 18, 2018



John Heginbotham

NYC Premiere  of Fantasque,  A Magical Dance Pageant

Choreography by John Heginbotham

[A person wearing a costume Description generated with high confidence]

with fantastical puppets by Amy Trompetter

November 17 & 18


New York, NY – NYU Skirball will present the NYC premiere of Fantasque, an ebullient and magical pageant by Dance Heginbotham, created by choreographer John Heginbotham and puppeteer Amy Trompetter, for three performances, on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18, 2018.

Enormous and minute puppets, and human dancers join forces to create a fable of a battle of light and darkness, with a fantastical cast of characters featuring giant babies, blue angels, a devilish snare and heroic rats. Performed to live music composed by Ottorino Respighi and adapted from piano pieces by Giaochino Rossini, Fantasque ruminates on morality and immorality as seen through a child’s eyes in a series of connected vignettes bound by an unconventional and tender merging of puppetry and dance. The piece features dancers John Eirich, Lindsey Jones, Courtney Lopes, Mykel Nairne, Justin Dominic and Macy Sullivan.

John Heginbotham, a former member of Mark Morris Dance Group, founded Dance Heginbotham in 2011. The company has been presented and commissioned by prestigious venues including Bard College, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jacob’s Pillow, The Kennedy Center and The Joyce Theater, and has toured extensively in the U.S. and abroad. Heginbotham is the recipient of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2014 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award.

Amy Trompetter creates giant puppet operas, outdoor pageants and hand puppet shows.  She recently performed her “Punch & Judy-with-skirt-as-stage” in Taguatinga, Brazil, where she is co-founding a women’s world hand puppet festival.  She recently collaborated on Truth, a retelling of the life of Sojourner Truth at Rosendale Theatre; on Requiem for Anna Politkovskaya with Moscow-based composer Alexander Bakshi; and directed and designed The Barber of Seville giant puppet opera in Austria and NYC.  Amy was a touring member of Bread and Puppet Theater from 1968-86.  She is the founder of Redwing Blackbird Theater, a puppet workshop & performance space, in Rosendale, NY. 

Dance Heginbotham (DH) is a New York-based contemporary dance company committed to supporting, producing, and sustaining the work of choreographer John Heginbotham. With an emphasis on collaboration, DH engages with national and international communities with its unique blend of inventive, thoughtful, and rigorous dance theater works. Founded in 2011, DH has quickly established itself as one of the most adventurous and exciting new companies on the contemporary dance scene, and is celebrated for its vibrant athleticism, humor, and theatricality, as well as its commitment to collaboration. DH has been commissioned and presented by Arts Brookfield, Bard College, Baryshnikov Arts Center, BAM, Duke Performances, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Vail International Dance Festival, among others. Having recently finished its 5th Anniversary season, DH is currently developing a new site-specific evening-length work to the music of Tyondai Braxton in collaboration with Alarm Will Sound. 

Fantasque was commissioned by and developed in residence at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, where it received its world premiere at Bard SummerScape in July 2016.Fantasque was developed with the support of a 2016 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency at Brooklyn College.

Skirball Moves programming is generously supported by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and the Harkness Foundation for Dance.



Fantasque will play three performances: Saturday, November 17 at 3 and 7:30 pm, and Sunday, November 18 at 3 pm. Tickets begin at $20 and can be purchased online at www.nyuskirball.org, by phone at 212.998.4941, or in person at the Box Office, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00–6:00 P.M.  NYU Skirball is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, New York 10012. 


Photo © Cory Weaver.

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