The New Yorker magazine’s “Goings On About Town” section included write-ups of New York performances by not just one but two Hop Ensemble directors – performances that included work germinated at Dartmouth.
John Heginbotham’s choreography is characterized by quirkiness, eccentricity, and sincerity. It’s an odd mix, but somehow he, and his excellent dancers, make it work. In his offbeat world, wistful waltzes and silly hand dances happily coexist. The program for the Harkness Dance Festival features excerpts from several of his longer works, including “Twin” (with electronic music by Aphex Twin) and his more recent collaboration with Maira Kalman, “The Principles of Uncertainty,” as well as two new duets.
Attend a new-jazz performance in the metropolis and you’ll likely stumble upon the cornettist Ho Bynum. Having studied and played with the avant-garde patriarch Anthony Braxton in the nineties, Bynum has followed his investigative muse ever since; his 9-Tette ensemble includes the guitarist Mary Halvorson, the saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, and the bassist Ken Filiano, among other equally committed musical risktakers.