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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- Vlad A. - I think what inspires me mostly is not so much the PERSON, but the WORK. Sometimes, I see a wonderful piece by an unknown choreographer and I think it is great that the work carries a name and not the other way around.
- Sharon M. - I like the work of Urban Bush Women. It is about not just the art form, but also social outreach.
- 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.
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