Tnmot Aztro a collaborative multidisciplinary company featuring six to ten artists at any given time, sculpture, spacial design, lighting design, installation, photography, sound design, and at times seven or more movement artists including Wilkerson. The dance collaborators draw from distinct and diverse movement styles and traditions: Modern, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Jazz, West African, and more. Tnmot Aztro mainly creates performance installations in museums, galleries and site-specific locations.
We believe in creating immersive experiences wherever the viewer enters. A completely altered world with altered rules, Tnmot Aztro considers that the complexities within art derive from the alienation of objects, identities, the body, sounds and humans, among many things. As an entity we strive to connect fine art with marginalized or displaced communities and communities that do not have direct access to fine art making nor the language that fine art produces which is largely non intersectional or inclusive.
Tnmot Aztro conspires against fine art by asking what is it? Who has access to it? How does art become fine art? And what systems were put in place to keep people of color, specifically queer people of color out. Their works thematic concepts include gendered labor\roles, race, cultural misrepresentation, cultural competence, possession, viewer responsibility, sensory overload,critical thought, media-created leadership, rhetoric, technology, control, sexual energy, dogma, climate change, territory, zoning, and queerness.
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.
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Arien Wilkerson is a queer, black, choreographer, dancer, film maker, director, producer, 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 "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 mentor Deborah Goffe (Artistic Director of Scapegoat Garden) and Mano Preto (Artistic Director of Raiz di Polon). As a high school senior in 2009, Wilkerson traveled throughout parts of eastern europe on scholarship additionally 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(Real Art Ways) 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 teaches numerous amounts of workshops on youth, adults, non dancers and seniors throughout New England.
Wilkerson was awarded the Connecticut office of the arts project grant (2018), Two New England Dance Fund Grants (2017) (2018), The National Endowment for the Arts “Big Read” Grant (2018), The Director's Discretionary Fund Award from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund (2018) and was selected as NEFA’S 2018 Rebecca Blunk Fund Awardee.