Contemporary Program | Guest Choreographer
Helen Pickett, a native of San Diego, CA, has created over 40 ballets in the U.S. and Europe. The Crucible, a new full length ballet for the Scottish Ballet, which premiered at Edinburgh Festival International Festival, has won two awards to date: the UK Theatre Critics Award and the Herald Angel Award. It will have its U.S. premiere at Kennedy Center May 13-17, 2020. Her commissions for 2019/20 include Boston Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, and Alberta Ballet. While resident choreographer for Atlanta Ballet from 2015-2017, she was named Best Choreographer in 2014 and 2015, for her first full length ballet, Camino Real. Helen has collaborated as a choreographer and actress with installation video artists and filmmakers, including Eve Sussman, Toni Dove, and Laurie Simmons. She danced with Ballett Frankfurt with Director William Forsythe for 11 years, and performed with New York theater company, The Wooster Group with Director Elizabeth LeCompte for five years. In addition to teaching in universities in the United States and Europe, Helen is the producer and creator of the workshop, Choreographic Essentials and the motivational creative workshop for the general public entitled Steps into Courage. In 2006, Dance Europe published Helen’s article, Considering Cezanne. Helen earned her Masters of Fine Arts in 2011 from Hollins University. In 2016, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate, for her contribution to the arts, and named Visiting Distinguished Artist for North Carolina School of the Arts by Dean Susan Jaffe. Visit helenpickett.com for more information.