Photo: David Dashiell, Courtesy of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Photo: David Dashiell, Courtesy of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival


World Premiere of The Principles of Uncertainty

August 23 - 27, 2017

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Becket, MA

The long-awaited world premiere of John's collaboration with acclaimed author and illustrator Maira Kalman.  Inspired by Maira's  written and visual art, The Principles of Uncertainty, is an evening-length dance-theatre work which explores life, death, and everything in between.  Featuring John's choreography, set, prop, and projection design by Maira, and music curated, composed, and arranged by Colin Jacobsen, and performed live  by members of The Knights.   

The Principles of Uncertainty was co-commissioned by the Pillow 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  in part by the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Jerome Robbins Foundation. 

The Principles of Uncertainty is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


New York Premiere of The Principles of Uncertainty

September 27 - 30, 2017

Brooklyn Academy of Music 2017 Next Wave Festival
Brooklyn, NY

John Heginbotham's and Maira Kalman's evening-length collaboration comes to New York as part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival in the Fishman Space.

June 5: Subscription tickets on sale to BAM Members
June 19: Subscription tickets on sale to the General Public
July 24: Single tickets on sale to BAM Members
August 7: Single tickets on sale to  the General Public

CELEBRATE WITH DH: SEPTEMBER 28
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 at the BAM Fishman Space
  • A Champagne Toast and Dessert Reception at 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; After August 20: $200
Please note, performance seating is general admission. 

Additional support for the New York performances of The Principles of Uncertainty provided in part by the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


November 21 - December 10, 2017

World Premiere of John Adams' Girls of the Golden West
Directed by Peter Sellars, Choreographed by John Heginbotham

San Francisco Opera
San Francisco, CA

Sourced from historical writings, this world premiere opera follows remarkable characters who flock to Gold Country hoping to strike it rich but are quickly caught up in the optimism, greed and prejudices of a rapidly changing world.

Music by John Adams, Libretto by Peter Sellars, drawn from original sources

Sung in English with English supertitles. Individual tickets for the 2017 Fall Season go on sale June 26, 2017.


March 16-17, 2018

The Principles of Uncertainty presented by Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

Diana Wortham Theater
Asheville, NC

John Heginbotham's and Maira Kalman's evening-length collaboration makes its Southeast premiere at the Diana Wortham Theater in Asheville, NC in a presentation by Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center.  Tickets go on sale in January 2018. 

Made possible, in part, by a South Arts Regional Touring grant. 


March 23-24, 2018

The Principles of Uncertainty at Duke Performances

Duke Performances, Reynolds Industries Theater
Durham, NC

John Heginbotham's and Maira Kalman's evening-length collaboration comes to Durham as part of Duke Performances 2017/18 Season. Individual tickets on sale now. 

Made possible, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, & support from the Dance Program at Duke University.


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