For the final project in her Spring 2018 advanced modern dance course, Heather had her students participate in the Nelken-Line Project. This was a global initiative sponsored by the Pina Bausch Foundation to encourage community through dance. The students learned a basic series of movements known as the Nelken-Line and invited the UNC campus community to join them as they traveled in a line through campus, creating a site-specific piece.
The Four Underwear Models of the Apocalypse
Heather teamed up with Rob Hamilton to create the choreography for this multi-media performance. This absurdist exploration of the four horsemen of the apocalypse is a comment on the current state of the planet. The show premiered in Swain Hall on UNC-Chapel Hill campus in November 2017.
Heather created an evening length dance drama for UNC Chapel Hill's Kenan Theatre Company's 2016-2017 season. This piece explores the intersection of gender, race, and identity through movement and text. Feminist literature served as the source material to give voice to past generations of women and pave a way forward for current and future generations.
Heather regularly takes her UNC Chapel Hill modern dance students out of the classroom to explore various sites on campus. They create site-specific improvisational performances for the university community, encouraging student, faculty, and staff to experience their environment in new ways. Structured improvisations challenge students to make performance decisions in the moment while attending to compositional elements.