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.
A LOVE LETTER TO BRIAN LESLEY AND MICHELLE
Hettie Barnhill- Filmmaker, Director, Writer, and Choreographer,
Robert Gertler - Filmmaker, Sound Designer
A Love Letter to BLM is the result of human beings coming together, diverse in age, sexuality, race, and gender, talking with their bodies, minds, and souls, about Black lives. An interactive and experimental commentary that leaves the viewers looking inward, seeking justice from within. This is a film, a play, an experience, a concert dance, a work of art, a self-reflection, a protest.
“I passed the brown paper bag test,” he said…
Additional Movement Creation: The Cast
Original Music: Composed and Performed by Hettie Barnhill,
Additional Interview and Music: Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay -Higher Learning, Yehezkel Raz, and The Kingdom Choir
Lighting Design: Lori Dawson
Costume Design: Samantha Garwood
Filming and Additional Sound Editing: Robert Gertler
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 | 2022
MODERN DAY LYNCH
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY: HETTIE BARNHILL
My Black freedom is the unbothered white man's threat.
My Black life has to be fought for.
There was one portrait in particular, of an enslaved Black woman that I could not stop looking at. Her body, sitting, properly placed. Hands, one on top of the other. Her head positioned not to face directly towards the camera but tilted off to the side. She was dressed beautifully. Adorned with layers of fabric from head to feet, resting upon a table with nothing else surrounding her.
This photo was not her reality. This was not who she was. Everything about the photo was a lie, except for her eyes. A distant stare. Her eyes, had no flicker in them, glazed over. As if she had stared at pain for too long and her tears could no longer be produced.
So, I cried for her.