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Helanius J. Wilkins Dances The Resistance In Carbondale

May 16, 2019

Credit David Dowling / Joy of Motion

A choreographer and dance professor at CU Boulder visits Carbondale this weekend. Helanius J. Wilkins’ work challenges stereotypes of black men, portraying them as vulnerable, creative and complex.

He says it’s not enough for dance just to be movement for movement’s sake.


“I’ve been driven by the act of bridging together the arts and social justice,” he said.  

Wilkins will give a presentation on Saturday night that will include videos of his work, as well as his own live solo performances.  

“This is an artist talk where I do a little bit more than just talking” he laughed.

On Sunday, he’ll teach an all-levels dance workshop.  He says his classes focus on building community by combining discussion and dance.  

Both events take place at the Launchpad.