Chalk and Soot

John Heginbotham

Colin Jacobsen and
Shara Worden

Dance Heginbotham
Brooklyn Rider
Shara Worden
Gabriel Kahane

Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce

Costume Design:
Maile Okamura

Chalk and Soot is an evening-length dance theater piece, based on “Sounds,” a book of poems by the Russian 20th Century modernist artist Wassily Kandinsky.  

Premiere: July 30, 2014
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Becket, MA

The first iteration of Chalk and Soot premiered on November 16, 2012 in Chapel Hill, NC and was commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Stravinsky’s and Nijinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

Chalk and Soot was created, in part, during three creative development residencies with support from the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award Initiative.  Support for the creation and touring of Chalk and Soot provided by the O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, the Hollister-Clagett Family Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Photos by Jamie Kraus, Courtesy of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival