Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, John Heginbotham is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, performer, and teacher.
John graduated from The Juilliard School in 1993 with a BFA in Dance, and was awarded the Martha Hill Prize for Sustained Achievement in Dance. John was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) from 1998 - 2012, performing lead roles in L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato; The Hard Nut; Four Saints in Three Acts; and Romeo and Juliet: On Motifs of Shakespeare. During his time with MMDG, he toured across the United States and abroad alongside artists including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, The Bad Plus, and Zakir Hussain, and performed with opera companies including The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and the English National Opera.
In June 2014, John was awarded the prestigious Jacob's Pillow Dance Award in recognition of his unique choreographic vision and promise. John 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 (NEW) Fellowship (2010, 2012). John and Dance Heginbotham have been invited to participate in creative residencies at The Banff Centre, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Brooklyn College, CUNY Kingsborough, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, LMCC's Extended Life program on Governor's Island, and the Watermill Center.
Live music is an integral part of John's creative vision, leading to collaborations with the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, string quartet Brooklyn Rider, the Raymond Scott Orchestrette, art/pop duo Fischerspooner; composers Tyondai Braxton, Ethan Iverson, and Colin Jacobsen; pianist George Shevtsov; multi-instrumentalist Nathan Koci; and vocalists Jesse Blumberg, Gabriel Kahane, Shara Nova (also known as My Brightest Diamond).
In addition to his work with Dance Heginbotham, John is active as a freelance choreographer, most recently creating First for Juilliard Dance: New Dances 2016. In 2015, John choreographed Daniel Fish's highly-acclaimed Bard SummerScape production of Oklahoma! and was invited back in 2016 to create the evening-length work Fantasque in collaboration with renowned puppeteer Amy Trompetter. In July 2014, John created his first ballet, Angels' Share, for Atlanta Ballet's Wabi Sabi Project. In December 2013, he choreographed Isaac Mizrahi's Peter and the Wolf for the Guggenheim Museum's Works & Process Series, which has become an annual holiday event. John's work has been featured in the music videos of Fischerspooner and NICKCASEY, and in the live performances of cabaret artists Lady Rizo and Our Lady J.