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CHOREOGRAPY
& DIRECTION

"Combining beauty with a drive to prove we can do better for one another, Barnhill's work is interactive in that it leaves viewers reminded of the same directive we too often ignore: that we are all participants in the world, and a deep internal look is required to discover our part in improving it for each other."   

 

- R.Rafferty, CITY's Life

As a Black, queer artist, I blend dance, music, and theater to express my identity and advocate for diversity. My art, rooted in activism, aims to be transformative and inclusive, crafting narratives and sharing my perspective to promote connection and conversation within my professional practice, productions, and teaching pedagogy.

For a detailed view of my directorial and choreographic work, including full credits and access to complete pieces (subject to restrictions), contact me at HettieBarnhill@gmail.com.

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EXCERPTS

The Soldier's Tale (2017)

The Soldier's Tale (2017) 

Nazareth College Arts Center
Patti Lewis Browne (Stage Director), Hettie Barnhill (Choreographer)


Produced by Nazareth College’s Igor Stravinsky and C. F. Ramuz's "The Soldier's Tale." Based on a Russian folktale, it narrates the story of a soldier who trades his fiddle for material wealth, only to realize the greater value of his lost happiness and talent. The piece, conceived to be "read, played, and danced," showcased the integration of diverse artistic disciplines.

Skeleton Crew (2023)

Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY (BTTUNY) @ The REP, Albany, NY
Director: Hettie Barnhill


Set during the Great Recession, Dominique Morisseau's "Skeleton Crew" unfolds in one of Detroit's last auto stamping plants. The play examines the personal and moral dilemmas faced by the workers as they confront the plant's potential closure, weaving a narrative of power, ambition, and survival.

‘What director Hettie Barnhill has done within the confines of her one-set show is illuminate the many varied worlds these four people inhabit.  Barnhill and her team have given us not so much a play, but a piece of life as these folks lived it. This is a triumph for Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York’.

 

- J. Peter Bergman The Berkshire Edge

Skeleton Crew (2023)

Woke-ness in the Body & Freedom Dance Floors (2023)

Skidmore Dance Theater

Choreographer/Composer: Hettie Barnhill

The production addresses social justice issues through the lens of wokeness. It highlights iconic dance clubs as platforms for free expression, scrutinizing the term 'woke' and advocating for social awareness and empathy towards marginalized communities.

Woke-ness in the Body & Freedom Dance Floors (2023)

Vinegar Tom (2019)

Associate Director/Choreographer: Hettie Barnhill


Set in 17th Century England, Caryl Churchill's "Vinegar Tom" confronts gender and power dynamics through the witchcraft trials. The play, produced by Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department and Theatre League, compares the historical marginalization of women with contemporary issues.

Vinegar Tom (2019)

SKIN | DISORDERED (2022)

Choreographer/Composer: Hettie Barnhill
Venue: Skidmore Dance Theater


This Afro Contemporary Dance piece uses text and media to reflect on anti-blackness, racism, and colorism, drawing parallels between Jim Crow laws and contemporary societal issues.

SKIN | DISORDERED (2022)