21 Dec 2022

Helen Wicks Works

 

Dear Wicks Works Community,

With 2022 in the rear view...
Here are some highlights!

Thank you to all who collaborated, conversed, and created with me this year. 

 

I look forward to continue to work with this incredible momentum into 2023 and beyond!

February, 2022 
Zaccho Dance Theatre and Grace Cathedral presented
Love, a state of grace


I spent the first weeks of 2022 flying on a 90 foot high swing on a 150 foot wide pendulum, from labyrinth to altar, inside San Francisco's historic Grace Cathedral. This was a life altering experience for me as a performer and aerialist.

This was possible thanks to the collaboration of many incredible artists.
Thanks to head rigger Dave Frietag, and the rigging team for pulling this together.
Thanks to Krissy Keeny and LightSwitch Design for transforming the sacred cathedral into a stage for spectacle and reflection.
A BIG thank you to director and visionary Joanna Haigood for cultivating this environment and inviting me into the deep study of surrender. 

June, 2022 

Los Trompos: Activate
at Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA
Helen Wicks Works was honored to be commissioned by Bay Area Discovery Museum to make a new work! We had a blast creating a show for the opening of the Los Trompos exhibit.  With the brilliance of collaborating artists Ciarra D'Onofrio and Saharla Vetsch we choreographed an interactive acrobatic performance on the joy-filled life size spinning tops designed by contemporary Mexican designers H├ęctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena. 

The multigenerational audiences and culminating dance parties were a highlight of my year!
Over the summer solstice, I headed to the Eastern Sierras to train with Bandaloop.

Fall, 2022 

Helen Wicks, Arts Specialist 

I adopted a new role as Arts Specialist at The Nueva School and launched a blended visual arts, dance, and theater program for grades Pre-K - 4th. I've had a blast expanding as a teaching artist this fall! It's exhilarating to be part of such a multifaceted community. 

Year End Giving


We are fundraising for exciting upcoming projects. We are specifically aiming to remount Click Tracks, an evening-length show on a 4-story tight wire! The opening of Click Tracks coincided with the initial shelter in place ordnance in March, 2020. A tax-deductible donation of any size is welcome. We believe live performance is vital to society's health.

All funds go directly to paying artists, youth programing, and production costs. 
Tax-deductible donation HERE
Please reach out with any thoughts, questions, or ideas.
I hope you have a chance hibernate a bit this month. 

Love,
Helen and the Wicks Works team
Photo credits in order seen above
Love, a state of grace:
Bryan Gibel
Nicole Portland 
Joanna Haigood / Zaccho Dance Theatre

Los Trompos:
Bay Area Discovery Museum 
Helena Roeber 

Bandaloop:
Brooke Anderson 

End image:
Bay Area Discovery Museum 

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