American choreographer Helen Pickett spent more than a decade dancing for iconoclastic choreographer William Forsythe, who pushed classical ballet into hyper-modern territory with sleek, speedy urban works that balance on a precipice. Like Forsythe, Pickett stretches the boundaries of ballet idioms by often engaging with works of literature, where her movement reveals elegant intimacy and emotional depth spiraling with a distinct feminine sensitivity. She shares with ICONS the interior processes of her creative space.
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- Sara S. - I find myself very inspired by a great piece of music, a good story- something exciting, mysterious and suspenseful - can be a source of inspiration.
- Sean H. - I found recent inspiration in the work of Cari Ann Shim Sham*, whose work expands ideas of what is possible in the world of performance. Using video and projection, she helps create worlds that are vivid and refreshingly unique.
- Yako O. - Seeing myself in mirror. I look at the person and think about how to move her. What movement will look interesting on her...
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