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CHOREOGRAPHIC ESSENTIALS 6-day intensive – Only time this summer
June 2-7 2014,
at The Ailey Studios.
Only 20 spots available. Please write me here for more information.

Petal nominated: ISADORA DUNCAN DANCE AWARDS
Outstanding Achievement in Performance – Company 
Smuin Ballet, Petal, LAM Research Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. The Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, known locally as the Izzies, are awarded annually to acknowledge exceptional creative achievements in the performance and presentation of dance.

Oregon Ballet TheatrePetal, April 17th – 26th

Atlanta Ballet, The Exiled, World Premiere, May 16th-18th, 2014

Dance Theatre of Harlem – Watch for When Love performances all over the
country from January through May 2014!

Scottish BalletThe Crucible, World Premiere, September 25th  2014, Glasgow, Scotland. Edinburgh Festival, at Festival Theatre October 3rd and 4th, 2014

Chekov International Theatre Festival
Scottish Ballet
June 5, 6, 7 Strastnoy Theatre Center
Choreographic Miniatures
Still It Remains, The Room, Shift, Jealousy, Five Ruckert Songs, Oxymore, Trace, Foibles, Dark Full Ride 
Choreographey:  James Cousins, Helen Pickett, Christopher Bruce, Peter Darrell, Sophie Laplane, Kristen McNally, Martin Lawrance

Look for POINTE Magazine article in the April/May issue

Look for DANCE Magazine article, on Dancing in Silence, May Issue

Look for DANCE Magazine article, What is Contemporary Ballet?, July Issue

NEW COMMISSIONS:
Ballet West, 2015, world premiere of GAMES in NYC at the Joyce Theater
Singapore Dance Theatre, 2015
Boston Ballet brings back EVENTIDE for 2015 season!

Smuin Ballet Brings back Petal for 2015 season! Smuin Ballet –
West Coast Premiere 
Reviews

Atlanta Ballet in China! November 2013 – Atlanta Ballet takes Prayer of Touch


Atlanta Ballet in China! November 2013 – Atlanta Ballet takes Prayer of Touch

“…Prayer of Touch is one of the most exciting new ballet works I have seen lately, and should appeal to anyone who likes to watch dance. Pickett’s choreography is expertly crafted, clever, smart, whimsical, witty, daring, and humorous. If you come to the Alliance to see anything this year, come for this piece.” Backstage Beat Atlanta 

“The work was inspired by the physical, emotional and spiritual connections to movement, and how this creative act fosters authentic human connection. The title suggests a quiet reverence, but the actual dance was filled with wit, surprises and comical quirks…” ARTSATL Read more here!

Scottish Ballet, The Room
DANCE TABS, By Bruce Marriott on September 25, 2013
Review, The Room

“US-based Helen Pickett is little known in the UK and won me over with her The Room in the first minute – probably one of the most intriguing dramatic starts to a piece I’ve seen in years and it really drew me in. The walls of the room are defined by light on the stage floor and the only furniture a contemporary sofa. Inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit it starts with a turquoise-suited man and a demon/valet character, there to drive the action forward. After a short while a woman in red walks in, (‘wife or lover’ you think), and the valet disappears for a while, returning with a second woman in green, (‘lover or wife’ you think), perfunctorily carried in as if a rolled-up rug. Four disparate and unhappy characters assembled to the majestic strains of Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1.My goodness – she’s thought about this and how to grab the audience, I thought. Pickett’s pointe-based movement is angular, jerky and theatrical. Nobody ends happy as they shed their clothes, as if trying to find self-truth, and come together in abandoned, spirited duets. It ends after 8 minutes with a climax of movement as if the room is set to explode with unhappiness – and the lights go out. You are desperate to know what happens, to know the proper backstory and for there to be lots more acts. I gather the piece is going to be extended for Atlanta Ballet – lucky them. And I hope lucky us at some point as somebody hires Pickett to do a much longer piece. I love her sense of theatricality and think it would run well with our love of drama and dance.”

Boston Ballet – Part I, II, III, April 2011

“…Ms. Pickett creates her own magic here in an exquisite duet that blends a limpid fluidity with a tactile warmth…” New York Times

“Pickett’s work rewards close attention.” Boston Herald

“That honor (…the highlight of the evening…) is owed to the incredibly touching pas de deux, Tsukiyo… Style Boston
“Pärt I, II and III are like three tiny reliquaries, each beautifully ornamented and containing something sacred.” Bachtrack
Read more here

Read about Helen in Boston Ballet’s new book by Christine Temin, Behind the Scenes at Boston Ballet.

Read New York Times article:
A Fresh Era of Wit and Innovation in Ballet, by Roslyn Sulcas

Read Dance Gazette article: What I’ve Learned – Helen Pickett
Issue 2, 2013, The Magazine of the Royal Academy of Dance

HELEN PICKETT named RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHER for ATLANTA BALLET through 2015 - Read More.

Masters of Fine Arts in Dance – Hollins University, Hollins/ADF, 2011

Helen is a founding member of The Rufus Corporation, director, Eve Sussman. Art films include: 89 Seconds at Alcazar and Rape of the Sabine Women.