The Principles of Uncertainty

Choreographer  and Director:
John Heginbotham

Illustrator and Set/Costume Designor: 
Maira Kalman

Music Director:
Colin Jacobsen

Lighting Designer:
Nicole Pearce

Projection Designer:
Todd Bryant

Assistant Director:
Daniel Pettrow

Associate Costume Designer:
Maile Okamura

Production Stage Manager: 
Valerie Oliveiro

Assistant Stage Manager/
Set Supervisor:

Diego Quintanar

Video Engineer:
Simon Harding

Maira Kalman, Daniel Pettrow, Dance Heginbotham and members of The Knights

Run Time:
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 August 23 - 27 and its New York premiere in the BAM Next Wave Festival September 27 - 30.  

Join Dance Heginbotham and Maira Kalman in celebration of DH's 5th Anniversary and the New York Premiere of The Principles of Uncertainty at BAM's 2017 Next Wave Festival!

Celebration Tickets include:

  • Admission to the performance in the BAM Fishman Space
  • A Champagne Toast and Dessert Reception on the Fisher Rooftop Terrace

Purchase raffle tickets online or at the event for your chance to win an original sketch by Maira Kalman inspired by The Principles of Uncertainty.  All proceeds support performances of The Principles of Uncertainty.

We are thrilled to be returning to the Next Wave Festival as we celebrate our 5th Anniversary and share this new creation with New York audiences. We look forward to seeing you in Brooklyn and raising a glass with you!

Early Bird Tickets: $150 ($100 tax deductible)
After August 25: $200 ($150 tax deductible)
Please note, performance seating is general admission. 

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival invited Dance Heginbotham and the creative team of The Principles of Uncertainty for a one week Creative Development Residency in April 2017.  Scroll through these images to get a sneak peak of The Principles of Uncertainty before the world premiere at JPDF in August. 

Photos by Adrienne Bryant, Diego Quintanar, and David Dashiell.

The Principles of Uncertainty was co-commissioned by Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was created during residencies at BAM Fisher, The Banff Centre, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts. 

Additional support for the creation and touring of The Principles of Uncertainty provided by the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, 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.