Helanius J. Wilkins

Helanius J. Wilkins
November 6, 2017 Presenting Denver
Photography by David Dowling. Pictured Helanius J. Wilkins. Image Courtey of Helanius J. Wilkins


Photography by David Dowling. Pictured Helanius J. Wilkins. Image courtesy of Helanius J. Wilkins


Helanius J. Wilkins, a Louisiana native, is a choreographer, performance artist, and scholar. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder. He lived in Washington, D.C. for 18 years where he founded EDGEWORKS Dance Theater (2001 – 2014). His honors include the 2008 Pola Nirenska Award for Contemporary Achievement in Dance, D.C.’s highest honor given by the Washington Performing Arts Society; the 2002 and 2006 Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project Award; and being a three-time finalist for the D.C. Mayor’s Arts Awards. He has choreographed over 60 works, including two critically-acclaimed musicals for D.C.’s Studio Theater – “Passing Strange” (2010) and “POP!” (2011).


Photo by Presenting Denver.“The piece is an exploration of movement that expresses patience, curiosity, and self-awareness during this new stage of his life. The solo piece– not his first, though he does not consider himself a soloist– has sprouted at a unique time. Wilkins is constructing the piece through memory imprint and sensory engagement as he discovers new aspects of his life and career in Colorado. He is taking the time to incubate and work on himself and his craft, while also sharing the journey with a willing audience.” ~ Sutton Anker

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MARCH 17, 2018

As part of the Presenting Denver Dance Festival Master Class and Preview Performance Series, Helanius will be teaching an advanced contemporary master class for pre-professional to professional students on March 17, 2018 from 1-2:30pm. Helanius will also be showing a sneak peek of the work he is creating for the dance festival from 2:45-3:45pm. The informal showing will be followed by a short audience Q/A with the artists as well as a reception. Both events will take place at The D.A.M. Studios – Dance Art Media. Learn more.

JUNE 23-24, 2018

Tickets for the Presenting Denver Dance Festival New & Now concert are now on sale. Learn more.

*Pricing is subject to change without notice. Additional ticketing fees may apply. Artists and program subject to change.
Photography by David Dowling. Pictured Helanius J. Wilkins.

The Presenting Denver Dance Festival is co-presented by Presenting Denver and The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Premier Sponsors | Kayne Anderson Energy Funds and L. Roger and Meredith Hutson
VIP Reception Title Sponsor | Noble Energy
Contributing Sponsors | MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation and U.S. Bank
Free Public Showcase Sponsor | ALPINE BANK
Program Sponsor | The Singleton Family Foundation
New Works Underwriting Sponsors | Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library and Joanna Lamb
Preview Performance Reception Sponsor | Perspective Gourmet
Master Class Venue Sponsors | Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Mercury Academy of Dance, and The D.A.M. Studios – Dance Art Media
Patron | Jeffrey Cummings, Duffy Crane and Hauling