Photo By Christopher Michael Carruth. Used With Permission. All Rights Reserved ©2019.

Helanius J. Wilkins

Lafayette, Louisiana native and Boulder, Colorado transplant, Helanius J. Wilkins is a choreographer, performance artist, educator, certified Colorado Change Leader, and artivist (artist-activist) who lives in a country where, not even for a moment, is he allowed to forget he is Black. He draws inspiration from his upbringing in Louisiana, one shaped by resilience, and his identity as a queer Black American to create original works that allow for moments of recognition and transformation. He uses dance and performance as vehicles to shed light on untold stories, to share personal truths, and to show how our embodied narratives can bring us closer together. Recipient of multiple awards, his works have been supported by organizations including NEFA (National Dance Project), National Performance Network, and NEA. He is Director and a Professor of Dance at CU Boulder. He most recently completed a 4-year term as a Colorado Council on Creative Industries member, a position he was appointed to in 2018 by Governor Jared Polis. For this Movement Research at Judson Church performance, Wilkins is joined by A. Ryder Turner, a Colorado-based European-American performance artist, movement educator, and improvisor. In 2019, Wilkins began creating a body of duet works with Turner that includes his most ambitious work-to-date, The Conversation Series: Stitching the Geopolitical Quilt to Re-Body Belonging, an ongoing and always shifting dance-quilt that celebrates and confronts heritage, resilience, justice and hope.

[Image description: Photo of Helanius J. Wilkins (he/him/his) a Black male in a white t-shirt with sleeves rolled up in a dance action image where his eyes are closed, his head is tilted slightly down and toward his left arm, and his left arm is bent at the elbow with his hand reaching in an upward direction.]

Past Classes & Events

Movement Research at the Judson Church (Nov. 14, 2022)

November 14, 2022

(POSTPONED) Movement Research at the Judson Church

January 10, 2022

[POSTPONED] Movement Research at the Judson Church

May 18, 2020

Movement Research at the Judson Church

February 27, 2017