This evening length dance-drama was created by Heather Tatreau for the Kenan Theatre Company's 2015-2016 season. Heather restaged five dances for this piece and added text to provide transitions. Students enrolled in Movement for the Actor II through the UNC Dramatic Arts Department to work on devising this piece in collaboration with Heather.
Through a grant from the Ackland Art Museum, Heather designed a site-specific performance course for Spring 2016. Push and Pull is one of the three performances created by the class in collaboration with Heather. The students investigated an installation of Hans Hoffmann murals to create a performance in the museum that would invite the audience to experience the exhibit in a new way.
As the choreographer and movement coach for StreetSign's production of Trojan Barbie, Heather worked with director Joseph Megel and the cast to develop meaningful gesture, tableau, and dance sequences. When working with actors, Heather uses the rehearsal process to uncover movement that will support the text and enhance the performers' communication with the audience.
Heather worked with Carolina Performing Arts and The Martha Graham Dance Company to produce the first student dance performance to be showcased in the UNC Process Series. This series was designed to present works in process for developing artists, using audience feedback to further develop the work. Heather curated student choreography pieces that responded to the Graham Company's prompt of embodying grief. What resulted was a moving evening of student choreography in Gerrard Hall on the UNC Chapel Hill campus.
pop-up dance events
Heather regularly takes her UNC Chapel Hill modern dance students out of the classroom to explore various sites on campus. They create pop-up 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.