Heather Harper (Artistic Managing Director) (B.A. in Dance Production and Management, University of Nevada, Las Vegas) founded Harper Continuum Dance Theatre in 2008. Her training was first demonstrated in Harper's choreographic interpretation of Surviving Genocide, in 2008. The piece is based on Immaculee' Ilibagiza's memoir of the Rwanda genocide, Left To Tell. Surviving Genocide features eight dancers in a confined space and explores how they move simultaneously as one. This signature piece has formed the foundational standard for Harper Continuum Dance Theatre - reaching beyond the stage to influence the larger community.
Atlanta, Georgia's High Museum of Art debuted The High Project in 2010. One dancer and two abstract artists were the focus of this experimental, yet effective collaboration, which yielded stunning canvases as a final result. Additional works produced in Atlanta include Intrinsic Amusement, an environmental piece performed in water, which promoted a performance by Paul Taylor Dance Company at The Rialto Center for the Arts in 2011. Woodruff Park, a multi-use green space nestled amongst towering buildings in Downtown Atlanta, hosted Bound and Determined in 2012. Harper, along with two other dancers, remained tied together pushing through the limitations and not settling for restricted movement. Her choreographic style encompasses varying design and technical elements throughout the creative process making her work project to nontraditional dance audiences.
Harper relocated to New York City, where Stand By Me was performed for the Not My Day Job charity event benefiting Fourth Arts Block, and Heritage Radio Network. While being a guest artist in October 2015, she has had the privilege of working with some of the dancers in Red Desert Dance Ensemble. Coalesce is the first full-length dance performance for Harper Continuum Dance Theatre in a traditional theatrical setting.