Performance Research

Performances by The Harvard Dance Project (HDP), a faculty-led performance research course, founded and led by Jill Johnson, and have been presented at Harvard Dance Center, Farkas Hall, and other major venues across campus, Boston, and beyond. Students have opportunities to perform wide-ranging repertory, commissioned work, and installations, and digital technology is leveraged to devise new methods for making and capturing the form.

From the Fall 2011 to the present, the Harvard Dance Center (HDP) has produced 32 world premieres created on HDP student dancers. Please see below for a listing of HDP performances, as well as additional special projects, with links to performance programs when available.

SPRING 2021
HARVARD DANCE PROJECT: DIGITAL ARCHIVE
HDP students under the direction of Laura Rodriguez

FALL 2020
ON DISPLAY GLOBAL
Heidi Latsky Dance

SPRING 2020
HARVARD DANCE PROJECT SPRING 2020 VIRTUAL INSTALLATION AND VIDEO BOOK 
Jill Johnson in collaboration with HDP dancers

FALL 2019
ON DISPLAY GLOBAL
Heidi Latsky Dance 

SPRING 2019
SEMINAL VOICES  
New experiments with:
Merce Cunningham
Martha Graham
Bill T. Jones

BARYSHNIKOV ART CENTER CUNNINGHAM CENTENIAL
HDP dancers under the direction of Silas Riener

FALL 2018
ON DISPLAY GLOBAL
Heidi Latsky Dance

SPRING 2018
THREE WORLD PREMIERES
Peter Chu
Chanel DaSilva
Shamel Pitts

SPRING 2017
FIVE PIECES
Michelle Dorrance & Melinda Sullivan
William Forsythe
Jill Johnson
Ohad Naharin
HDP Dancers under the direction of Jill Johnson 

CATALOGUE (FIRST EDITION)
William Forsythe

FALL 2016
WUNDER
Sidra Bell and Jill Johnson

SPRING 2016
WHAT MOVES YOU?
Francesca Harper, Jill Johnson, and Mario Zambrano

COLLABORATION WITH HARVARD ART MUSEUMS
Karole Armitage

FALL 2015
GYM DANCES
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Jill Johnson and Francesca Harper with HDP dancers
HDP Dancers under the direction of Silas Riener

COLLABORATION WITH CARPENTER CENTER FOR VISUAL ARTS (CCVA)
HDP student dancers under the direction of Jill Johnson

COLLABORATION WITH THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART BOSTON (ICA)
HDP Dancers under the direction of Silas Riener

FALL 2014
LOOK UP
Jill Johnson 

'BATTLE HYMS' COLLABORATION WITH HARVARD CHORUSES AND CHILDREN'S CHORUS
Jill Johnson 

'IN OUR TIME: THE GREAT WAR AT 100' COLLABORATION WITH AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATRE (A.R.T.)
Jill Johnson 

SPRING 2014
DANCE PROGRAM SPRING PERFORMANCES 2014
Aszure Barton
Dwight Rhoden
Jill Johnson in collaboration with HDP dancers
Clifford Williams

FALL  2013
SEESAW
Jill Johnson in collaboration with HDP dancers

SPRING 2013
DANCE PROGRAM SPRING PERFORMANCES 2013
Jill Johnson
Pontus Lidberg
Andrea Miller

FALL 2012
DANCE PROGRAM WINTER PERFORMANCES 2012
John Jasperse
Emerging student choreographers

SPRING 2012
DANCE PROGRAM SPRING PERFORAMNCES 2012
Jill Johnson
Christopher Roman

FALL 2011
RE:RE:RE:
Jill Johnson in collaboration with HDP dancers

THE ART OF SURVIVAL: TENTH ANNIVERSARY OBSERVANCE OF 9/11 IN WORDS, MUSIC, DANCE
Jill Johnson

SLOW DANCING 
Video installation by David Michalek

HEALING WARS
Liz Lerman