HELEN HALE DANCE IS DEVOTED TO MAKING ROBUST ROCKIN' GORGEOUS MOVEMENT MEDICINE,
WITH A SPIRITED BLEND OF SOUTHERN TWANG, MAGICAL REALISM, GREEK DRAMA, AND MODERN SAVVY.
HELEN HALE DANCE NAVIGATES THE ABSURDITIES, WONDER, AND PATHOS OF LIFE THROUGH THE CREATION AND SHARING OF CEREMONIAL TONICS CRAFTED TO REVIVE THE SPIRIT,
STIR THE SOUL, LEAP THE FENCES, AND CULTIVATE HEALTH WITHIN THE INDIVIDUAL BODY AND CULTURAL ECOSYSTEM.
It is my intention to present work that is thoroughly researched, thoughtfully crafted, and articulately executed. I believe that an ability to make pertinent and powerful work is dependent upon being an earnest listener, keen observer, disciplined worker, and daring performer. I do my best to be these things.
I endeavor to make dances that speak clearly and kindly into the lives of real people in real places—work that cultivates sensitivity, physicality, and connectedness in an age that is increasingly mechanized and impersonal. I do this by emphasizing humor, compassion, honesty, and humility in my individual practice, communal process, and public presentation.
I am committed to working with my fellow artists in a respectful and reverent manner, believing that a negative process yields a poor product and a positive process yields a rich and wonderful product. I strive to provide a positive, energized work environment in hopes that my performers and collaborators will be empowered, and feel inspired to bring their whole selves and many gifts to the work.
I consider the audience to be community and family, and my performances to be inclusive offerings made on their behalf. No piece of mine is intended to be an insular occurrence that others are permitted to witness, but a dance “meal” of sorts, offered at a table to which I hope the audience will pull up a chair.
My movement vocabulary is rooted in modern dance methods, Chinese martial arts, Umfundalai African Dance, and the music and dance of my heritage—both traditional Greek folk forms and those of the Deep South where I was born and raised. My work finds its identity at the intersection of traditional and modern, big and small, seen and unseen. I engage in my particular brand of research, risk taking, and collaborative experimentation, and give form to my findings by creating rituals, building hybrid languages, turning things on their side and looking at them that way, and examining the ordinary with an eye for the extraordinary tucked within it. The results of this are often delivered with a spirited blend of Southern twang, magical realism, Greek drama, and modern savvy.
I work to facilitate experiences that are punctuated with small epiphanies that stir the soul. This is the vision.
HELEN HALE is a dance maker, embodiment scholar, amateur philosopher, player, rhyme sayer, over-thinker, and plant enthusiast. She is the director of Helen Hale Dance and one half of Ginkgo, with Maggie Ginestra. Helen's work has been presented by the High Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Galleries at Moore, Hambidge Center, Dance Truck, Dashboard, The Lucky Penny, Spark and Echo Arts, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Temple University, Alfred University, and WonderRoot, among others.
Helen currently resides in Philadelphia, where she has a living room with no furniture and a wall covered in surprising beveled glass mirror tiles. Dubbed Ginkgo Parlor, this little row home space doubles as a small rehearsal studio and hosts a series of salon-style performances and gatherings.
Educated by a rogue group of artists, activists, and cultural shamans in inner-city Atlanta, GA., Helen migrated North to wrangle her BFA through study at Temple University (PA) and Hellenic International Studies in the Arts (Greece). She has since been honored to collaborate and perform with a bounty of incredible artists around the country including Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Carnival de Resistance, Staibdance, Dishman + Co., PushPush Theater, Santiago Páramo, Tahni Holt, Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, Protect Awesome, Duende Dance Theater, Meg Foley/Moving Parts, Gathering Wild, Troupe Hellas, Ground Delivery Dance Theater, Room to Move Dance, and the Just Act Ensemble.
When not in studio mode Helen can be found loitering near flowers, being feisty, hustling, and longing for the sea.