Wilkins's creative research and projects are rooted in the interconnections of American contemporary performance, cultural history, and identities of Black men. His projects examine the raced dancing body and the ways that ritual can access forms of knowledge. Intrigued by ideas about indeterminacy in creative process and performance, he approaches performance and pedagogy as means of re-framing perspectives, creative practices, and technical training. In his intermedia collaborations he works with artists from a wide range of disciplines, including film, video, and design.
October 15-17, 2021
Overview of The Conversation Series.
Rejecting finite points/products, The Conversation Series: Stitching the Geopolitical Quilt to Re-Body Belonging, performed by an interracial male duet (Helanius J. Wilkins & A. Ryder Turner), places value on bodies coexisting - sharing weight and responsibility, dancing to become better ancestors.
The project gains substance, momentum, and direction from a series of conversations in and with different diverse and inclusive communities across America. Activating technologies of the body, tools, & toys in a non-colonizing fashion, this work centers belonging as a way to disrupt the erasure of silenced stories and forge paths towards justice/equitable landscapes. As Wilkins travels along with an artistic team to make and share this work, he will stitch together a dance-quilt to broaden our understandings of what it means to be American and sew ourselves together anew.
This multi-year venture will result in four multimedia outcomes: new choreographies, a documentary film, a digital archive, and a JEDAI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Accessibility, Inclusivity) toykit.
Oct. 16th Belonging Conversation, 3pm - 5pm
Free of charge. Please RSVP to email@example.com
The Launchpad, 76 S 4th St, Carbondale, CO
July 22 - August 6, 2021
Boulder Arts Outdoors
Helanius performs in the July 29th lineup. Performance will include a new duet with Avery Ryder Turner as well as a reprise of Untitled Meditation, a solo he premiered as part of Boulder Arts Outdoors' (BAO) inaugural August 2020 event.
During August and September of 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Boulder Arts Outdoors created a safe platform for live performance with two packed drive-in performance series that presented 25 acts and 79 local artists. Inaugural BAO performances featured Latin American folk music, contemporary dance, Indigenous music and dance, classical ballet, djembe drumming, samba dance and music, bluegrass, chamber music, and more. In 2021, Boulder Arts Outdoors is thrilled to carry its mission forward and to continue celebrating the region's unique, culturally diverse voices and award-winning performers.
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