[Photo by Alicia Anstead/Harvard Office for the Arts]
Director of Dance at Harvard
Senior Lecturer, Department of Music
Harvard Dance Center
60 Garden Street, Cambridge
Ms. Johnson is an innovative and accomplished dancer, choreographer, educator and producer. A 26-year veteran of the dance field, she has appeared in over 50 tours and taught for dance companies and colleges on five continents. An honors graduate of the National Ballet School, she was a soloist with The National Ballet of Canada and principal dancer and researcher with Ballet Frankfurt. A protégé and 22-year close collaborator of choreographer William Forsythe, she stages and produces Forsythe's ballets on companies worldwide, including The Norwegian National Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Alterballetto, Netherlands Dans Theater, Batsheva Dance Company, The National Ballet of Canada, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, La Scala, and American Ballet Theatre. Her recent choreographic work includes The Copier for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet; Room/Room for NYU, and 27 for 17 for The New School University where she was Artist-In-Residence in 2009; As Yet Unnamed for the Movement Invention Project Collective in 2010; Folding Articulation for Princeton University, Waterline for Barnard College at Columbia University, Solo for Jeff for The Juilliard School in 2011; choreography for Harvard's 10th Anniversary Observance of September 11th, The Art of Survival, in 2011, and RE: RE: RE: a dance installation for Harvard students in 2011/12. She also choreographs for film and television, notably a series of dance film shorts for Bravo arts channel in Canada; is a featured performer in Forsythe's Clear House Dance, and music videos for German techno artist Sven Vaeth and American singer-songwriter David Poe. In 2009-2010 she had a teaching residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City, and in 2010 was Artist-In-Residence for Morphoses and at Jacksonville University's MFA program. She has been faculty at Princeton University, Barnard College at Columbia University, and a founding collaborator of the Movement Invention Project (MIP) in New York where she has also been Choreographer-In-Residence. She has served as adjunct faculty at The Juilliard School, The Joffrey School, and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts; has taught master classes at Yale University, and teaches regularly at The Ailey School, The Juilliard School, The Joffrey School, The New School University, and Ohio State University where she collaborated on the award-winning OSU/Forsythe Company web-based project Synchronous Objects. She has designed curricula and syllabi for dance programs and departments at educational institutions including NYU, Princeton University, Columbia University, The Ailey School, The New School University and The Juilliard School. Her awards include the Peter Dwyer Scholarship, the Lowen Ondaaje McCutcheon and Company Award for most outstanding effort and achievement in dance, both awarded at Canada’s National Ballet School; Balletanz Magazine International, 2003 Annual Critics’ Awards: Most Outstanding Dancer;Time Out New York, Best Choreography in New York, Honorable Mention List, 2008, for The Copier; Communication Arts 2010 Interactive Annual Award, Synchronous Objects, Artistic Consultant/Researcher. Ms. Johnson recently collaborated with students in her curricular course, Music 103r Master Work: The Choreographic Process of William Forsythe, to create an original dance work, Dog in a Sweater, performed at Harvard, March 28-30, 2013 at Farkas Hall.