A pedagogical and process project commissioned by faculty from Bates and Colby Colleges.


Avalanche (2012) was one part of a series of five creative residencies conducted in Philadelphia and in Maine in 2012. Members of Headlong Dance Theater led the residencies, which were initiated by faculty members in Theater and Dance at Bates and Colby Colleges. Our working terrain was the possible interconnectedness of fields of Theater and Dance and the potential synchronicity between the practices of these two forms. In addition to this piece, our output included numerous conversations, some private and several public, in which issues pertaining to this project were uncovered. Headlong members conducted public workshops with students at both colleges and guest taught classes.

Headlong doesn’t make performance in a prescribed “style”. We start our creative process with wondering and asking and develop a constellation of interests that form the core of the research on a specific piece. Given that the lot of us had never been in a room together before and had performance, performing, and teaching as common ground, our early explorations drew on these. Out of stories and questions come proposals and assignments. From explorations come elaborations. From five individuals a company arises and a performance world begins to suggest itself, a world that embraces everything within it and its atmosphere.