Zaccho Dance Theatre (ZDT) creates and presents performance work that investigates dance as it relates to place. Artistic Director Joanna Haigood makes dances that use natural, architectural and cultural environments as points of departure for movement exploration and narrative. Haigood’s innovative work involves in-depth research into the history and the character of sites, often involving local communities in the creative process, and typically integrates aerial flight and suspension as ways of expanding performers’ spatial and dynamic range.
Joanna Haigood’s work has been commissioned by leading arts presenters both nationally and internationally. Among them are the National Black Arts Festival, Festival d’Avignon and Festival d’Arles in France, the Exploratorium, Capp Street Project, Dancing in the Streets, the Walker Art Center, Jacob’s Pillow, the San Francisco Art Commission, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Montalvo Arts Center and the McColl Center for Visual Art. Just a few of Haigood’s numerous awards include a USA Fellowship, a Creative Capital Award, and the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.