In 2005, Helen Pickett received her first choreographic commission, Etesian, from Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director, Boston Ballet, and has since choreographed four other works for the company. She has choreographed, among others, for Semper Oper/Dresden Ballet, Vienna State Opera, Atlanta Ballet, Scottish Ballet, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Dance Theater of Harlem, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet West, Smuin Ballet, Washington Ballet, and Oregon Ballet Theatre. Atlanta Ballet named Pickett as Resident Choreographer through 2015. She performed with Ballet Frankfurt, director, William Forsythe, from 1987-1998. She acted with The Wooster Group, director, Elizabeth Le Compte, from 1998-2005, in the productions House/Lights and North Atlantic. Pickett collaborated as an actress and choreographer with installation video artists and filmmakers, including Toni Dove, Laurie Simmons, and Eve Sussman. Pickett, a founding member of Eve Sussman's The Rufus Corporation, acted in 89 Seconds at Alcazar and Rape of the Sabine Women. Pickett holds a Master of Fine Arts from Hollins University. She teaches a motivational workshop entitled, The Expansive Artist, throughout the United States, and her article, "Considering Cezanne", was published in Dance Europe.
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