Danelle Helander : Artistic Director
Danelle has been praised locally and internationally for her teaching and artistic direction. She has received a NOVA Award for her cross-cultural humanitarian efforts. In addition, she has collaborated with Global Response, a non-profit organization addressing environmental issues.
Danelle's professional career began with the Chicago Moving Company. She danced with the New Arts Ensemble in New York and was founder and artistic director of Akasha and Company in Chicago. After studying with Byrne Piven at the Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago, Danelle began teaching improvisational theater and continues teaching today in Boulder, Colorado. Her classes bridge the gap between creative movement and theater, exploring how body-based theater fosters communication across cultural and societal boundaries.
Danelle has been commissioned to create original choreography for Diane Portman, AirJazz, Chicago Moving Company, Creighton University, David Taylor Dance Theater and various independent artists. She has taught and performed in Europe, Nicaragua, Japan, India, Africa and Costa Rica.
Sean Owens : Executive Director
Sean's artistic career began in Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley, where he was fortunate enough to work under the direction of John Goss (Artistic Director of the Glenwood Vaudeville Review) in a number of musicals. In 2005 he moved to Boulder to attend the University of Colorado, where he trained under Onye Ozuzu, and performed for Linday Pierce (MFA), Esmeralda Kundanis-Grow (BFA), and Anna Mayer (BFA). In addition to performing Sean also composed the musical score for Anna Mayer's BFA performance.
Sean joined Helander Dance Theater in 2008, one day after taking class with Danelle she asked him how he felt about performing as a lizard. And so it began. Since then, Sean has performed, composed music, produced video, and embraced ongoing collaboration with Danelle. In 2012 he became the company's executive director.
Matt Powelson : Musical Director
Matt is a Colorado (near) native - he's been here since 1962 - and has been playing music a good part of that time. He began on trumpet in 7th grade, picked up guitar at 14, and bass not long after that. He played in his first rock band in 1976, and played some gigs around Ft. Collins. He became interested in jazz as a teenager - he heard a Miles Davis album that set him on the path, and made him want to play the big bass. He was in a working jazz trio, also in Ft Collins, in 1981 and '82 - when he got his first upright bass. Over the years, he's played about every type of music: rock, blues, heavy metal, bluegrass, big band and small combo jazz, and even country western (He was in a hoppin' little country swing band in Missouri called Georgia Overdrive). He's appeared on bass on a couple of albums, "Runnin' Wild", a rock album that came out in 1980. And, more recently, "Tune the Dove", a folk album by a group called Carnelian.
His current projects are the Colo Jazz Workshop, Swing City-Boulder, and Trio Galapago (which sometimes includes Otto Koch). Also, he freelances around Denver and Boulder with groups like the Jazz Partners, Lost Soul, and other aggregations
A second instalment of FRAMES -- with new material in addition to the original production.
FRAMES explores perception. It is:
Multiple points of view.
A musical fusion of jazz, classical, artpunk, and technopop.
All this comes together to create a seamless performance that is a playfully perceptive perusal of perspective that is both remarkably unique and will leave you with a new frame of reference.
The cast of performers: Danelle Helander, David Korevaar, Sean Owens, Matt Powelson, and Mearl Thompson.
Friday, December 4th @ 8:00pm in the ATLAS Black Box Free Admission
Saturday, December 5th @ 8:00pm in the ATLAS Black Box Free Admission
Creative Wellness Collaboration
Since early 2012 we have been working with the Alzheimer's Association of Colorado in developing theater and movement workshops specifically for individuals with early-stage symptoms and their companions. Our focus has been on using improvisation to help participants find their creativity and self-expression. Part of the beauty of improvisational art is in its immediacy and spontaneity. It does not rely on memorized lines or patterns of movement. If you have any interest in this project please contact us.
Contacts for this Collaboration
Danelle Helander | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Stokes | email@example.com
Making a Donation
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Volunteering Your Time
We can always use help from individuals who support our mission of making the world better through artistic expression.
Helander Dance Theater is interested in collaborating with the business community. During 2012 we succesfully collaborated with Lucky's Market in North Boulder to produce a series of performances entitled Happenstance. From dancing up and down the produce aisles with live musicians in the produce to a theater piece in Lucky's Cafe, HDT's free public performances gave customers and employees of Lucky's a novel sense of art in their everday lives. If your business is interested in performances, workshops, or simply wants to connect with us, let us know!