Helen Pickett, a San Diego, California native, currently resides Brooklyn, New York. Helen has created over 35 ballets in the U.S. and Europe. Since 2012, Helen has been Resident Choreographer for Atlanta Ballet. She is the WINNER of the Best choreographer and Best Dance Production of Atlanta in 2015. In 2014, for her ballet, The Exiled, she was named Best Choreographer in Atlanta. Helen premiered her fist full-length ballet, Camino Real, by Tennessee Williams in 2015. Critic, Manning Harris, wrote that Camino Real would “become a legend in the dance world.”
In 2005, Helen received her first choreographic commission from Boston Ballet. The New York Choreographic Institute awarded her a Fellowship Initiative Grant in 2006. In the same year and through 2008, Helen choreographed for Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Louisville Ballet and Ballet X. In 2007, Dance magazine named Helen one of 25 to Watch. She received a Choreographic Residency from Jacob’s Pillow in 2008. Helen was one of the first choreographers to receive the Jerome Robbins Foundation’s New Essential Works Grant. From 2009 through 2011, Helen created new ballets for Royal Ballet of Flanders, Ballet West, Boston Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem.
In the 2012/2013 season, her commissions included Semper Oper/Dresden Ballet, Vienna State Opera, Scottish Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Smuin Ballet.
In 2016-2018, her commissions include: Les Troyens, Opera by Hector Berlioz, Chicago Lyric Opera, Voices of the Amazon, a new multi-media Dance Theater performance by the Sisters Grimm, which premieres in Moscow and tours in England and Southeast Asia. Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet West, Kansas City Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Scottish Ballet (NEW full-length, with NEW music from Peter Salem), Smuin Ballet, Tulsa Ballet and Charlotte BAllet. She was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance award in 2013.
Helen has collaborated, as an actress and choreographer, with installation video artists and filmmakers including Eve Sussman, Toni Dove and Laurie Simmons. Helen, a founding member of Eve Sussman’s The Rufus Corporation, created the role of the Queen in 89 Seconds at Alcazar, which was shown at the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and now is in the permanent collection at Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2007, Helen acted in Sussman’s feature length film, The Rape of the Sabine Women. She choreographed the bubble dance, and played Sally Rand in Toni Dove’s video installation and feature film, Spectropia. Helen choreographed the dance sequences, for Laurie Simmons’, The Music of Regret, which had its world premiere in 2006, at Museum of Modern Art in New York.