Helen Pickett

2017 Contemporary Program Faculty

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Helen Pickett is marking her 12th year as a choreographer in the U.S. and Europe. Pickett served as resident choreographer for Atlanta Ballet from 2012-2017. Commissions for 2017-2018 include new works for Scottish Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, and dance theatre collaboration with Sisters Grimm. Most recently, she choreographed Les Troyens for Lyric Opera of Chicago. Pickett has collaborated as a choreographer, and actress, with installation video artists and filmmakers including Toni Dove, Laurie Simmons, and Eve Sussman. She danced with Ballet Frankfurt, director William Forsythe, for eleven years, and performed with The Wooster Group, director Elizabeth LeCompte, for five years. Recognitions include the receiving Isadora Duncan Dance Award nomination in 2013, being named Atlanta’s Best Choreographer in 2014 and 2015, and receiving a Honorary Doctorate and Visiting Distinguished Artist from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Dean of Dance, Susan Jaffe in 2016. She created the workshops, Choreographic Essentials, and Steps into Courage. Pickett earned her M.F.A. degree in 2011 from Hollins University. www.helenpickett.com