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A Weekend with Award-Winning Choreographer, Helanius J. Wilkins

  • The Launchpad 76 S. 4th Street Carbondale, CO USA (map)

Sponsored by Dance Initiative, Carbondale Arts and the CU Office for Outreach and Engagement.

As part of a series of lectures by CU Professors, Dance Initiative has teamed up with Carbondale Arts and The CU Office for Outreach and Engagment to bring Helanius J. Wilkins to Carbondale. Helanius will give a presentation about his work on Saturday night and teach an all-levels dance workshop on Sunday morning. All events take place at The Launchpad in Carbondale.

Saturday, May 18th, 6:30-8pm, Free
Doing Wholeheartedly: A Talk with Choreographer Helanius J. Wilkins

Award-winning choreographer Helanius J. Wilkins will discuss his creative research and projects that are rooted in the interconnections of American contemporary performance, cultural history, and identities of Black men. Through storytelling, video sharings, and live performance, Wilkins will offer an intimate look into a history of performing resistance and resilience, and building brave and courageous communities through the art of dance.

Sunday, May 19th, 10-11:45am, $10
Framework: A Contemporary Technique Practice

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Helanius J. Wilkins, a Louisiana native, is an award-winning choreographer, performance artist, and scholar. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder. His creative research and projects are rooted in the interconnections of American contemporary performance, cultural history, and identities of Black men. He lived in Washington, D.C. for 18 years where he founded EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, an all-male dance company of predominantly African-American men that existed for 13 years. His honors include the 2008 Pola Nirenska Award for Contemporary Achievement in Dance, DC’s highest honor given by the Washington Performing Arts Society; the 2002 and 2006 Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project Award; and three Metro DC Dance Awards. A three times finalist for the D.C. Mayor’s Arts Awards, he enjoys performing, creating, presenting, and receiving commissions for choreography throughout the U.S. and abroad. To date, he has choreographed and directed over 60 works, which includes two critically-acclaimed musical productions for Washington, DC’s Studio Theater – “Passing Strange” (2010) and “POP!” (2011). Foundations and organizations including New England Foundation for the Arts (NDP), National Performance Network (NPN), D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and the NEA have supported his work.