A sampling of work from the past few years:
LITTLE FIRES: 8 New Solos Gathered for Collective Heat at Winter's End. Produced by GINKGO--Maggie Ginestra and Helen Hale. 2016
A vision: after months of too-much-time-at-home-because-it's-gross-and-cold-out, every family in the city/village/community turns their living room (the very place where they've been cooped up) into a stage and invites each other over for one night only and performs the story of their interior journey. What shifted? What grew? What territory was traveled? Where are we now? We imagine the end of winter as an epic traveling party, from house to house, in which we all co-witness crackly theatrical happenings that usually don't get their moment, documents of a season of hibernation, often trampled by our own beautiful frenzy, the rising sense of possibility that is springtime. What if, before we forget our winter work, we try to build a bonfire as big as the sun, and mark this time?
Performances by: Hez Stalcup, Tricia Hersey, Magda San Millan, Christina Bouza, Lillian Ransijn, Beth Malone, Helen Hale, and Jenna Beth Horton. Direction: Maggie Ginestra. Lighting: David O' Connor. LITTLE FIRES is the second in a series of living room dances.
Photography: Kris Eden. (Artists in order left to right in accordance with names listed above.)
Gem n' I: a living room dance. Created and presented by GINKGO--Helen Hale and Maggie Ginestra. 2015
Gem n' I is about the world inside one melting ice cube. About how you think it's winter and then it's winter, and so you think it's winter but then it's really winter. Is it a sharing of what kept the fires in our hearth burning the winter of 2014-2015. It reaches for the intersection of wildness and domesticity, and exists in the dream world that one poet and one dancer made in an attempt to build a dream language together. It is the first in a series of living room dances. Gem n' I was made in collaboration with Aubrey Longley-Cook, Danny Davis, Jessamine Starr, and Kathleen Ginestra.
Film stills: Bob Finkelstein
One Long Adagio with Antenna Up. Dance film commissioned by Spark and Echo Arts. Created in collaboration with Jaamal Benjamin/VIGEROUS. 2014
One Long Adagio with Antenna Up is a musing on love, distance, listening, and taking a long time to arrive at refreshment. Many thanks to Andy Coval for his vital misting.
brief history of the second and smallest toes on my right foot as it pertains to dexterity and longing for the sea. Presented by The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia and WonderRoot Community Arts Center. 2013
brieft history of the second and smallest toes on my right foot as it pertains to dexterity and longing for the sea was a solo created for ONEONE: An Exhibition of New Works by the WonderRoot Walthall Artist Fellows. I spent 2012-2013 participating in a professional fellowship program with 11 other artists of diverse media which culminated in a group show at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. In response to the unique challenge of making a dance piece that would live in a gallery space I used two differently sized islands of flooring and collaborated with designer and woodworker, Elwen Hau, who created the wooden box stools which served as front row seating and audience boundary when performing, and as sculptural landmark for the piece in the exhibition space when not performing. The work was set to traditional Greek music by Giannis Tsabanakis, Manos Hadjidakis, and George Zambetas, and was performed multiple times during the 6 week duration of the exhibition.
Photography: Roni Nicole Henderson
Frida. Commissioned and presented by the High Museum of Art. 2013
Frida was a trio commissioned by The High Museum to be performed for several events held in conjunction with the opening of the Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera Exhibition. I poured over paintings, journals, and biographical material by and about Frida, and sought to make a piece that spoke to the cultural specificity, world of symbolism, relational intensity, and visual richness of her life and work. Costuming for the piece was created by Amanda Baumgardner, and music designed in collaboration with Santiago Paramo. Danny Davis of Protect Awesome masterminded the technical direction.
Photography: Christian Moreno and David Batterman
Anti-Manners: A Dance Feast. Commissioned by Art on the Atlanta BeltLine. Created and co-presented with Dashboard Co-op. 2011.
Anti-Manners was created as a means of marking seasonal shift, sharing a meal together, and celebrating the ongoing growth of the Atlanta BeltLine, a corridor of green space slated to become a line of public transit connecting Atlanta neighborhoods. 30 volunteer performers joined the dancers in a raucous feast on a stretch of the BeltLine located behind Piedmont Park as part of the evening's performance which was accompanied by a diverse group of Atlanta musicians who came together for the project.
Photography: Dylan York for BurnAway Magazine.
I See You. / I See You and I Raise You One. Presented by WonderRoot Community Arts Center. 2011.
I See You and I See You and I Raise You One are two related trios created in an effort to answer my compositional wondering about whether it would be clear to the audience that they were seeing the same choreography if it were presented in two very different ways. In these works the same movement material was re-contextualized and performed as separate pieces within the program--the first to traditional Sacred Harp music performed live by four vocalists, the second to an Indian house mix by Ja Sha Taan.
Photography: Bobbi Jo Brooks
Convergent Frequencies. Presented by i45 and Possible Futures. 2010.
The dance component of Convergent Frequencies was made with the support of Dance Truck and performed atop a shipping crate as part of a pop-up gallery created at the corner of Krog and Irwin streets. The project was an interdisciplinary collaboration with artists Matt Gilbert, Matt Haffner, Nat Slaughter and musicians Oryx and Crake.
Photography: Patrick Heagney
HeadFirst to UpsideDown. Produced and presented by Helen Hale Dance. 2010.
HeadFirst was a character driven piece based in the idiosyncrasies of Southern culture and centering around experiences of injury, reconciliation, and pilgrimage. The cast included musicians as well as dancers and in it everyone became both mover and music maker.
Photography: Johnathon Kelso