Heather Tatreau is a modern dance choreographer, arts administrator, and educator, teaching at universities across NC since 2002. She is in her ninth year on faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill, teaching the modern dance technique and theory courses, as well as choreographing for productions across campus. She has worked with StreetSigns, The Process Series, The Ackland Art Museum, and the Kenan Theater Company. In addition, she works closely with Carolina Performing Arts to promote student and faculty engagement with visiting dance artists and to create interdisciplinary collaborations. She has also been involved with Tobacco Road Dance Productions for two season, first as a panelist and then as a choreographer.
Heather worked with the Women's Theatre Festival to transform her dance The Debate into a live streaming virtual version of the piece - winning the jury selection award for outstanding set design in the 2020 WTF Fringe Festival and Outstanding Choreography from Chatham Life and Style's Best of the Year 2020. WTF also produced The Debate 2.0 with Heather for Vimeo On Demand and partner with her to offer workshops on virtual theater and social justice performance.
Heather's site-specific series, Voices: A Walking Tour, elevates diverse community perspectives of the Chapel Hill landscape through collaborations in dance, music, and spoken word. This is an ongoing series of performances with the most recent iteration recognized by Chatham Life and Style's Best of 2021 for Outstanding Ensemble Performance.
Heather also produces the UNC Process Series: New Works in Development alongside Joseph Megel. Her passion for the arts has lead her to promote the work of other artists through this role. Her priority as an arts administrator is to create an equitable platform for diverse voices in the performing arts, highlighting local talent.
Heather has a Master's Degree in Dance Education from New York University. While living in NYC, her training focused on Limon technique, Cunningham technique, improvisational performance, Laban Movement Analysis, and curriculum development. She has performed with post-modern dance pioneer Douglas Dunn in NYC and Italy. She is also a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor. She has been active in the dance education community as a board member of the North Carolina chapter of the National Dance Education Organization. She currently co-chairs the IDEA Committee for inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in dance for NCDEO and presents regularly at local and national conferences.
My mission as a choreographer is to create work within a broader social context. For this reason, the primary genres I work in are experimental dance-theatre and site-specific pieces. I have created three evening length dance dramas. Each hour-long piece is organized around a theme, using text, movement, and theatrical design to convey meaning and encourage questioning. In my site-specific work, I explore the relationship of dancer to place. By creating movement for a particular place outside the confines of the theater, I aim to create new and multiple meanings for the audience when in that space. Additionally, my work as a dance educator for the past 18 years highly influences my choreographic process. I work primarily with college students and see each creation of a new work as an opportunity for collaboration, embodied learning, and investigation. My research interests focus on dance education and performance as pedagogical practices that can be implemented across disciplines in higher education. I am also committed to forming an inclusive community through movement and performance.