Dance Heginbotham and Maira Kalman’s The Principles of Uncertainty

Dance Heginbotham and Maira Kalman’s The Principles of Uncertainty

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) Performance Initiative, in partnership with UNC Asheville, will present the Southeast Premiere of Dance Heginbotham and Maira Kalman’s The Principles of Uncertainty, a new evening-length dance theater work by choreographer John Heginbotham and author/illustrator Maira Kalman. Adapted from Kalman’s New York Timescolumn turned book of the same name and described by the two artists as an “absurdist travelogue,” Principles of Uncertainty marries the nostalgic whimsy of Kalman’s illustrations with Heginbotham’s controlled yet playful choreography to create an evening that explores life, death and everything in between. Heginbotham will direct and choreograph the work, while Kalman will oversee all elements of design—sets, props, projections and costumes, bringing her 2D illustrations to life on the stage. Kalman will also be present on stage, alongside Dance Heginbotham, actor Daniel Pettrow and members of The Knights. Composer Colin Jacobsen—a member of string quartet Brooklyn Rider, chamber ensemble The Knights, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble—serves as Music Director of the project. Principles of Uncertainty premiered August 17, 2017 at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival followed by a New York Premiere at BAM Next Wave Festival and will travel to Durham, North Carolina after this Southeast Premiere in Asheville.

Related Events:

  • Wednesday, March 14th at 6pm – Maira Kalman will hold a Reading and Book Signing at Malaprops Bookstore for The Principles of Uncertainty (2007) and her new book, Beloved Dog (2017.)
  • Saturday, March 17 – Coffee and Conversation with Maira Kalman and John Heginbotham. Join us for an afternoon of storytelling. We’ll remember some things. We’ll forget some things. We’ll read obituaries. Lemon poundcake provided by Maira and John. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite obits to share. Attendance is limited, registration will open soon.

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