Choreographer, Co-founder of ZACCHO Dance Theatre
Joanna Haigood relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area from New York in 1980 and co-founded ZACCHO Dance Theatre. Her creative work focuses on making dances that use natural, architectural and cultural environments as a point of departure for movement exploration and narrative. Haigood's works involve in-depth research into the history and the character of sites and typically integrates aerial flight and suspension as a way of expanding the dancers' spatial and dynamic range. Her work has been commissioned by Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Dancing in the Streets, Walker Arts Center, the Exploratorium Museum, the National Black Arts Festival, Lines Contemporary Ballet, Black Choreographers Moving Festival, Boston Dance Umbrella, Axis Dance Company, Festival d'Avignon and Festival d'Arles in France. Her work is also in the repertory of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Ms. Haigood has been awarded fellowships from the the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wallace A. Gerbode Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the James M. Irvine Foundation. She also received the Cal Arts/Alpert Award in Dance in 1999 and United States Fellowship Award in 2007. She has received a Bay Guardian Local Discovery (GOLDIE) Award and three Isadora Duncan Dance Awards. Ms. Haigood has taught at the National des Arts du Cirque in France, the Laban Centre in England, Spelman College, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University and the University of California at Davis. She currently teaches at the San Francisco Clown Conservatory. She has enjoyed artist residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Montalvo Center and the Exploratorium Museum.
Joanna Haigood joins writer, Thaisa Frank, director Ellen Sebastian Chang, and choreographer Keith Hennessy for a panel discussion on sustaining a life as an artist at CIIS on March 13