Helen Pickett speaks on the importance of Freedom in the creative world.

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HELEN PICKETT (Choreographer, The Exiled), born in San Diego, danced with William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt for 11 years. Helen received her first choreographic commission, titled Etesian, from Mikko Nissinen, director of Boston Ballet, in 2005. She was awarded the Fellowship Initiative Grant by New York Choreographic Institute in 2006. In the same year and through 2008, Helen choreographed for Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Louisville Ballet and Ballet X. In 2007, Dance Magazine named Helen one of “25 to Watch.” In 2009, Helen was one of the first choreographers to receive the Jerome Robbins Foundation’s New Essential Works Grant. From 2009 through 2011, Helen created new ballets for Royal Ballet of Flanders, Ballet West, Boston Ballet (two premieres), Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. In 2012 and 2013, her commissions included Atlanta Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Dresden Ballet, Vienna State Opera, and Smuin Ballet. The next two seasons brings commissions from Scottish Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, Singapore Dance Theatre and Boston Ballet. As an actress and choreographer, she has collaborated with The Wooster Group and with installation video artists and filmmakers who include Eve Sussman, Toni Dove and Laurie Simmons. In 2011, Helen earned a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Hollins University. 2012 marked the beginning of Helen’s Choreographer in Residence position with Atlanta Ballet and The Exiled is the second world premiere prepared on Atlanta Ballet dancers.

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