The Principles of Uncertainty
John Heginbotham and Maira Kalman
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Maira Kalman, 7 dancers, 1 actor, 4 musicians
Approx. 70 minutes
Photos by Adrienne Bryant
The Principles of Uncertainty is a new evening-length dance theater work created by collaborators John Heginbotham (Choreographer) and Maira Kalman (Visual Artist/Designer). The work draws inspiration from the highly detailed, intimate worlds created in Maira’s paintings and illustrations, particularly from her book, The Principles of Uncertainty (2009). The piece is based on John and Maira’s shared interest in the passage of time and its relation to the seemingly mundane objects and experiences that make up our daily lives. A central theme of the work is a human’s experience as a temporary participant in an ever-changing world. These ideas and themes are explored through a series of vignettes that are woven through with John’s rich choreography and Maira’s design elements. An array of eclectic vocabularies - dance, text, music, and projected images - work in concert to tell the story. The intention is that Principles of Uncertainty behaves as a welcoming, non-linear, occasionally absurd travelogue.
Composer and musician Colin Jacobsen will compose, arrange, and curate music for the work and the cast will feature the seven dancers of Dance Heginbotham, the actor Daniel Pettrow, a quartet of musicians, and Maira herself.
The Principles of Uncertainty will receive its World Premiere at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in August 2017.
The creation of The Principles of Uncertainty has been supported, in part, through creative residencies at The Banff Centre, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts, as well as through funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.