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In Conversation with Cindy Heen

PUSH Dance Company is proud to present choreography by Cindy Heen on September 20-22, 2019 for PUSHfest Program B at ODC Theater in San Francisco. 


Tell us a little bit about your dance background.
I grew up in Florida studying various styles of dance on a competitive and artistic level, and I have been teaching dance 2006. I have strong background in vaganova method ballet, and have performed in the Nutcracker with Space Coast Ballet and Santa Clara Ballet, as well performing in Sleeping Beauty and Spartacus. I have danced with Dawn Branch Works, Emotions Dance Company, West Coast Chamber Ensemble, a Robert Dekkers work, Vixen Talent Productions, Seaworld, Broadway Dance Center Summer Professional Semester, and most recently I graduated from Mills college with my MFA in Dance.

What can audiences look forward to seeing in your work at PUSHfest
A 1, explores the impacts of the digital and technological era on society through dance, asking the question, “Has one’s ability to have empathy changed? And what makes it so attractive?” Possibly the audience will see the pain, the interconnectedness, the attraction, and the loneliness technology can bring. I look forward to hearing how they may interpret the work.

What are the major sources of inspiration for your choreography?
I choreograph ideas from my past experiences, various societal issues, nature, and so on. I use many choreographic tools when creating from improv scores to action words. I have a humanistic approach to movement and the artistic process through my commitment to technique, experiential awareness, and ritual practice. The energy of the dancers and myself truly shape the outcome of my choreography, I feel my dancers and I reach a state of flow together.

If you hadn’t chosen this career, what might you have been doing in your life?
I would be a nurse or a full time school teacher.

What advice would you pass on to an aspiring choreographer?
Trust in your instincts, know that it is impossible to make everyone happy, be kind, write your ideas down, be present, don’t waste people’s time, you are powerful and limitless, and just keep moving forward.

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