Create a Space Now Residency

Hettie Barnhill’s CREATE A SPACE NOW performance on Sept. 14, 2019 at the Geva Theater Center in Rochester , N.Y. Photo by J. Wolfe.

Year: 2020/2021
DanceForce Member: Robin Collen
Artist: Hettie Barnhill
Community Partner: SUNY Potsdam
Audience: 350
County: St. Lawrence

During a week-long residency, choreographer, Hettie Barnhill will teach, set a work on students and, with company members, perform “Create a Space Now”—an immersive theatrical experience using dance, film, and text to further the discussion around #BLACKLIVESMATTER and the recent events pertaining to race relations in America.

Activities are as follows:
Ms. Barnhill will arrive for teaching and choreographing ahead of the rest of the company.
Monday Feb. 8 1:00-2:45 Teach one of the dance majors’ technique class—Modern Dance I/II or III/IV.
6:00-10:00 p.m. Audition, Call-Backs, Rehearse
Tuesday Feb. 9 9:30-10:45 Teach Intermediate Ballet class
Time TBA: Teach Dance Composition II class
6:00-10:00 Rehearse with students
Wednesday Feb. 10 1:00-2:45 Teach one of the dance majors’ technique class—Modern Dance I/II or III/IV.
6:00-10:00 p.m. Rehearse with students
Thursday Feb. 11 9:30-10:45 Teach Intermediate Ballet class
Time TBA: Teach Dance Composition II class
6:00-10:00 p.m. Rehearse with students
Friday Feb. 12 1:00-2:45 Teach one of the dance majors’ technique class—Modern Dance I/II or III/IV.
6:00-8:00 p.m. Rehearse with students
8:30 p.m. Informal showing of the student-performed work
Saturday Feb. 13 Company Arrives
Tech/rehearse in theater
Sunday Feb. 14 2:00 p.m. OR 7:30 p.m. Performance
Monday Feb. 15 Depart

• Principal artists are (1) Hettie Barnhill, (2) the Creative Director, and (3) the dancers in her company.
• The SUNY Potsdam Department of Theatre and Dance is an organizational partner.
• The populations served are students at SUNY Potsdam and the wider North Country community.
• It is hoped that 350 people will experience one or more aspects of this residency.
• This is a significant event for the North Country. Ms. Barnhill’s performance—and the work she will choreograph for student performers—revolve around themes of racism, white privilege, and social justice. These themes are important for both the student population, and also the surrounding community.
• If the per-member allocation turns out to be significantly less than anticipated, the contingency plans involve bringing Ms. Barnhill to Potsdam without her company, to teach and choreograph, only. There would be no performance.