ABOUT 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).
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
“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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MASTER CLASS AND PREVIEW PERFORMANCE SERIES
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
Main Stage | New & Now
The 2018 Presenting Denver Dance Festival, co-presented by Presenting Denver and The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, will be a compilation of world premieres by Colorado artists Chadash Contemporary Dance Movement, Edgar L. Page, Gregory Gonzales, Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Helanius J. Wilkins, Kristen Demaree, Moraporvida Contemporary Dance, and The Schiff Dance Collective. These main stage artists will perform in the New & Now concert in the Byron Theatre on June 23-24, 2018. There will be additional dance activities over the weekend and throughout the year. Tickets for the Presenting Denver Dance Festival New & Now concert are now on sale via the Newman Center Presents website. Purchase tickets at www.newmantix.com/pd.
Saturday, June 23, 2018 | 7pm
Sunday, June, 24, 2018 | 2pm
Facility: The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Byron Theatre located at 2344 East Iliff Avenue, Denver, CO 80210.
Cost: $35 general admission