Zaccho Dance Theatre (ZDT) creates and presents performance work that investigates dance as it relates to place. Artistic Director Joanna Haigood's creative work focuses on making 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. In addition, Zaccho provides performances in San Francisco, nationally and internationally as well as an arts education program for the local community.
Artistic Director Joanna Haigood relocated to San Francisco from New York in 1979 and co-founded Zaccho Dance Theatre in 1980. Her 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. Her choreography has also been commissioned by Alonzo King's Lines Contemporary Ballet, Robert Moses' Kin and Axis Dance Company and is in the repertory of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.
Zaccho Dance Theatre's home is San Francisco's Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP) where Zaccho manages a large Studio that is utilized for rehearsal, performances, and educational activities for youth and adults. Zaccho is the only nonprofit dance company in the BVHP district of San Francisco. The company's arts education program was created to integrate our nationally renowned, highly innovative performance work with the experiences of our young neighbors. For over 19 years, Zaccho's Arts Education Program has served 100-150 children annually by offering free in-school and after-school classes and performance opportunities to students 7-17 years old.