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TNMOT AZTRO

Founded in 2010, TNMOT AZTRO features seven dancers including the director (Arien Wilkerson), a movement artist, a two-person technology crew and a collaboration team that is made up of six to ten multidisciplinary artists at any given time (photography, sculpture, installation, poetry, DJ, and beyond). The dancers draw from distinct and diverse movement styles and traditions: modern, b boy / breakdancing, ballet, jazz, West African, and more.

Most recently, TNMOT AZTRO completed three sold-out shows at Real Art Ways with over three hundred viewers, and another sold out weekend in July with an audience of 125 folks each night. The company’s sold out performances have taken place at art galleries, institutions and incubator spaces such as The Historic Town and County Club of Hartford, The Wadsworth Atheneum, University of Saint Joseph, Scapegoat Garden Center for Contemporary Dance, Ted Hershey Dance Marathon, New Britain Museum of Art, Connecticut Dance Alliance, The CT Dance Awards, Hartbeat Ensemble, Housatonic Community College Theater Arts, Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Hartford Public Library, University of Hartford, Little Berlin Philadelphia PA, HighTide Gallery Philadelphia PA, Vox Populi Gallery Philadelphia PA, AS22O Providence RI, SPACE Gallery Portland Maine. 

Biography

 CITIZEN: The Public Installation funded by the NEA Big Read. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. April 26th 2018   Photography by Artistic Collaborator: Brittnay Solem 

CITIZEN: The Public Installation funded by the NEA Big Read. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. April 26th 2018 

Photography by Artistic Collaborator: Brittnay Solem 

Arien Wilkerson is a choreographer, movement, video, and installation artist. The Hartford, CT native began his dance training under the tutelage of Jolet Creary, and has been a student at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, The Artists Collective, Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts, and the Batsheva Dance Company’s "Gaga Intensive" in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 2008, he was a scholarship recipient for travel to Cape Verde, Africa to participate in CulturArte, a youth arts residency program. There, he studied with Deborah Goffe (Artistic Director of Scapegoat Garden) and Mano Preto (Artistic Director of Raiz di Polon). As a high school senior in 2009, David Dorfman and Nicole Stanton selected Arien's work for inclusion in Wesleyan University’s Dance Masters programming, recognizing his potential as a groundbreaking choreographer in New England. 

In his role as founder and Artistic Director of TNMOT AZTRO, Arien has been commissioned by Hartford’s Town & County Club to develop his sold-out show BLACK BOY JUNGLE which went on to the Wadsworth Atheneum. As an Artist in Residence at The Garden Center for Contemporary Dance (2013-2014), Arien developed three iterations of "The Projector Series", which went on to sell out RAW for 3 consecutive evenings. Arien served as co-facilitator for the Invisible City Project Cooperative, a space and program with the goal of supporting Greater Hartford dance artists in making their best work. 

Wilkerson has received Two New England Dance Fund grant’s for the creation of media kits and digital marketing materials and most recently for additional support towards EQUATORS tour 2018 at AS220 in Providence RI.  Wilkerson was Take Magazines 2017 “ artist to Watch” with a six page feature in the magazines Oct/Nov 2017 issue {No longer in Print}. Also In 2017 Wilkerson was awarded the "Spirit of Juneteenth" Emerging Choreographer award given by The Amistad Center for Art and Culture Inside of The Wadsworth Atheneum. Wilkerson recently received and completed his National Endowment for the Arts “Big Read” Grant project for a public installation created in collaboration with David Borawski and Rickey Silverspoon which premiered April 2018 at the Hartford Public Library in response to Claudia Rankine’s Citizen An American Lyric. Most recently Wilkerson was awarded the Connecticut Office of the Arts Arts Project Grant for $12,000. 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR   ARIEN WILKERSON

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