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The Principles of Uncertainty
The Principles of Uncertainty
Sep 27—Sep 30, 2017

A collaboration between John Heginbotham and Maira Kalman
Dance Heginbotham


Over the course of a year, author, illustrator, and avid collector of human experience Maira Kalman kept an online graphic diary for The New York Times called “The Principles of Uncertainty.” In this dance-theater collaboration, choreographer John Heginbotham brings Kalman’s candy-colored musings on travel, beauty, and mortality to fanciful, moving life. Inspired by the various walks the two acclaimed artists took together over many months, The Principles of Uncertainty is a meditation on the objects, memories, friends, and strangers that fill our days. As Kalman herself passes the time onstage, dancers move to music performed live by members of chamber ensemble The Knights in this telescopic vision of everyday wonder.


Choreography and direction by John Heginbotham
Illustrations, costume, and scenic design by Maira Kalman
Music direction by Colin Jacobsen
Lighting design by Nicole Pearce
Projection design by Todd Bryant
Featuring members of The Knights

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 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.

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The Principles of Maira Kalman
The Principles of Maira Kalman
Maira Kalman discussed the “The Principles of Uncertainty,” her illustrated column, turned book, turned opera with the New York Times.