I aim to instill a sense of the “presence of movement” in my dance technique courses. The movement quality, teaching, and training are derived from Afro-Contemporary Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Musical Theatre Dance. Whether teaching these techniques and styles individually or fusing them together, attention is focused on incorporating challenging compositions and design to develop a conceptual awareness of space, time, and musicality.
My classroom structure aims to enhance motor skills, condition the body for strength, coordination, endurance, and flexibility, integrating non-traditional exercises to prepare the student to execute combinations and retain the information taught in class.
BLACK LIVES MATTER
A short film Directed by Hettie Barnhill, addressing police brutality and systemic racism.
Create A Space NOW, founded by Hettie Barnhill in 2016. It is a multimedia and performing arts platform created as the result of a need to educate, engage, and further the discussion around #BLACKLIVESMATTER and social issues dealing with race relations in
America, in order to combat bias, racism, and systemic oppression.
This video was filmed in response to the countless murders of innocent lives and was released in 2016. It received over 50,000 views in the first two days.
A LOVE LETTER TO BRIAN LISA AND MICHELLE
A choreographic piece by Hettie Barnhill. Inspired by the following quote:
“…I think, you know, all of us have our ways of coping, and sometimes it just becomes
a little too much,” - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Music Title and Artist:
'Michelle Obama ( intro )
'Rain' by Silent Partner (excerpt 1),
'History Has Its Eyes On You' by John Legend (excerpt 2 ),
'Da Rules' by Marvin Hodges, Em Allison & Saidu Tejan-Thomas (excerpt 3)
CREATE A SPACE NOW (LIVE)
A series of photographs from the CREATE A SPACE NOW campaign and LIVE theatrical show.
The following photos are commentary on the many social issues this production touches on.
In this gripping performance Directed by Hettie Barnhill, art imitates life. It holds a mirror to the audience and challenges the viewer through dance, film, and text to reflect upon themselves and their presence within the everyday narratives that are presented to them via social media, television, newspapers, politics, family and first-hand encounters. The tension of everyday life and the experiences of black and brown people are brilliantly woven together in ways that have yet to be seen on stage. Theatre-goers are left to decide if they will be active in the fight for this generation's civil rights or if they will simply sit on the sidelines.
“Power, knowledge, and truth stemming from art.” - Peter Lam
“It’s not about whether or not you are black. It is about continuing
the conversation until it gets so loud, so contagious, that the only
possible outcome, is change.” - Lauren Schofield
“It’s honest, raw, powerful, and necessary.” - Christine Grounds
“This is where humanity lies.” - Bianca Golden
Debuted In Rochester's 2019 Fringe Festival
The Fielding Stage At Geva Theatre Center
Photography by MOKM Creative Services
HETTIE BARNHILL | 2020