Wabi Sabi Choreographers

Wabi Sabi Choreographers 2014

Guest Choreographers

 Robert Dekkers (Artistic Director Post: Ballet in San Francisco and former Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education student)

Named “25 To Watch” by DANCE Magazine and hailed as a “mad genius” by the Huffington Post, Robert Dekkers is founder and artistic director of Post:Ballet. Collaborating with eclectic artists to present work that is “anything but risk averse” (SF Chronicle), Robert has created over a dozen new works for Post:Ballet since launching the company in 2009, including Mine is Yours (commissioned for SF International Arts Festival), Ours (short film premiered at Frameline Film Festival as part of HIV Story Project’s documentary Still Around), and field the present shifts (nominated for a prestigious Isadora Duncan Award in “Outstanding Performance- Ensemble” after its 2013 premiere at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts). Robert danced professionally with Ballet Arizona, ODC/Dance, Company C Contemporary Ballet, and is currently performing with Diablo Ballet. He was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award for “Outstanding Performance- Individual” for his 2012-13 season with Diablo Ballet, where he has danced leading roles in works by choreographers including George Balanchine, José Límon, Val Caniparoli, KT Nelson, Trey McIntyre, Septime Webre, and Mario Radacovsky. He has also performed in works by Twyla Tharp, August Bournonville, Maurice Causey, Lar Lubovitch, Jodie Gates, Ib Andersen, Paul Taylor, Brenda Way, and Julia Adam. Robert was resident choreographer for Novaballet from 2008-2009 and was recently appointed resident choreographer for Diablo Ballet after creating three critically acclaimed works for the company. His latest work for Diablo Ballet, cares you know not, was commissioned for the company’s 20th anniversary gala performance and featured an original score by Samuel Adams. His choreography has been presented at venues including the Tanzsommer Festival (Vienna), Ballet Builders Showcase (New York City), Against the Grain Festival (Seattle), and WestWave Festival (San Francisco). In 2012, Robert choreographed and directed his first full-length work, Alice in Wonderland, for Contra Costa Ballet. In 2013, he was commissioned to create new works for Smuin Ballet and Quixotic/Fusion, where he continues to serve as guest choreographer. Robert is a faculty member at Berkeley Ballet Theater and ODC/Commons. In addition to his work as a choreographer, teacher and dancer, he holds a degree in business from Rio Salado College.

John Heginbotham (Founding Director of Dance Heginbotham)

Brooklyn-based choreographer, teacher, and performer John Heginbotham is the founding director of Dance Heginbotham. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Heginbotham has danced with Mark Morris Dance Group, Susan Marshall, John Jasperse, and Pam Tanowitz and as a guest with Pilobolus Dance Theatre. He is on the faculty of the Mark Morris Dance Center and Princeton University and was the 2012—13 choreographer in residence at Dartmouth College. His work has been presented at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Carolina Performing Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, and the Museum of Modern Art. Heginbotham is a two-time recipient (in 2010 and 2012) of the Jerome Robbins Foundation's New Essential Works Fellowship Grant. Bio courtesy of BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music).

Heather Myers (Independent dance artist)

Based in her home country of Canada, she works domestically and internationally as a freelance choreographer, teacher and performer. Heather has experienced a wide range of dance approaches, from classical to experimental. Her experiences, and her desire to explore and affect through art, lead her to continue work with the human and theatrical capacities of dance. Myers’ choreography has been produced by theatres and institutions such as Netherlands Dance Theatre’s SWITCH, Boston Ballet, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Korzo Theater in The Hague, and Citie Ballet of Edmonton. Heather has also been an organizer of publicly presented, multi-disciplinary improvisation projects in Holland. During her years as a dancer with Alberta Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Netherlands Dance Theatre, Heather performed works by Petipa, Balanchine, Kylian, Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Lightfoot/Leon and others, and was involved in the creations of artists such as Crystal Pite, Jorma Elo, Ivan Perez, Amanda Miller and Mark Morris. Heather has taught classical, contemporary, repertoire and improvisation classes for Ballet British Columbia, Netherlands Dance Theatre’s Education Department, Taipei National University of the Arts, Boston Ballet School, and in other organizations and situations. Though the above mentioned are quite separate practices, Heather seeks to research and progress in all of her endeavors. She is interested in working in a wide variety of creative situations and collaborations. Click here for Heather's full bio.

Ivan Pulinkala (Chair of the Kennesaw State University Dance Department)

Ivan Pulinkala is a contemporary choreographer living and working in Atlanta, GA. Originally from New Delhi, India, Pulinkala moved to the United States in 1998 to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance. In 2012, he received his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama. Pulinkala began his professional training and choreographic career in India, where he served as the artistic director of his own company from 1994-1998. Pulinkala served as the choreographer-in-residence for Delhi Music Theatre for five years and was named among the 25 Indian artists of the Millennium by the India Today Magazine in its December 1999 issue. Ivan Pulinkala is the Chair of the Department of Dance at Kennesaw State University, a program he founded in 2005. He travels nationally and internationally choreographing and teaching dance. His work has been commissioned for concert dance (modern and contemporary ballet), musical theatre, as well as corporate and commercial film. His choreographic interest lies in altering physical space through the medium of dance, and he often collaborates with visual artists to create unique physical elements that are explored through his work. His movement philosophy blends the intellectual investigation of sociopolitical subject matter with the physical exploration of space, to create work that is physically dynamic, and infused with strong visual and theatrical elements. Click here to read Ivan's full bio.




Robert Dekkers. Photo by Natalia Perez.
John Heginbotham. Photo courtesy of johnheginbotham.com.
2009 Clifford E. Lee Choreographer Award. Heather Myers. Photo courtesy of The Banff Centre.
Ivan Pulinkala. Photo courtesy of http://ivanpulinkala.com/biography.cfm.