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Wilkins, Helanius J. Assistant Professor


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  • Mr. Wilkins’s research is rooted in the interconnections of American contemporary performance, cultural history, and identities of Black men. His projects examine the raced dancing body and the ways that ritual can access forms of knowledge. Intrigued by ideas about indeterminacy in creative process and performance, he approaches performance and pedagogy as means of re-framing perspectives, creative practices, and technical training. In his intermedia collaborations he works with artists from a wide range of disciplines, including film, video, and design. Currently, his research is unfolding as a trilogy of works that expands from investigation of self to investigations of place and cultural identity. This trilogy began in 2012 with “/CLOSE/R,” an evening-length solo, and includes “A Bon Coeur,” a new evening-length solo project. The final installment will be an ensemble work rooted in Wilkins’s Haitian connection. He is also developing FRAMEWORK, a technique practice.


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