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, and the CT Dance Awards
Arien was born and raised in Hartford, CT where he began his dance training under the tutelage of Jolet Creary. He studied contemporary dance, ballet and jazz as a student at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Artists Collective and Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts. This early training provided opportunities to perform for a such individuals as Rennie Harris, Pop Master Fabel, Sam Waters, Jasmine Guy. In 2008, he was a scholarship recipient for travel to Cape Verde, Africa to participate in CulturArte, a youth arts residency program where he studied with Mano Preto, Artistic Director of Raiz di Polon, and Deborah Goffe, Artistic Director of Scapegoat Garden. As a high school senior in 2009, his work was selected for performance at Wesleyan University’s Dance Masters in recognition of his exception emerging artistry by David Dorfman and Nicole Stanton, through an initiative of New Foundation of the Arts.
Arien is currently working as a choreographer, dancer, and film artist for his company, TNMOT AZTRO and has set choreographic works on EQuilibrium Dance Theater CONNetic Dance collaborations with Ruth Lewis's dimensional dance along with performing as a special guest to Doug Elkin's in Fraulein Maria at the Hartford stage. Mr. Wilkerson has recently choreographed in Hartford's nightfall puppet show His work has been presented in concerts, dance festivals and productions throughout the region. Most recently, Arien was commissioned to create and premiere 2 new works in 2015/2016. BLACK BOY JUNGLE Premiered at The Town & County Club & Punching Bag Apart of Open Studio Hartford. Mr. Wilkerson has served as an Artist in Residence at The Garden Center for Contemporary Dance where he premiered three iterations of his work,The Projector Series. While there Wilkerson served as Co facilitator for the Invisible City Project Cooperative, where he was able to help other artist curate performance art and dance here in Hartford CT.
The Projector Series 1.4, the fourth and final installment recently Sold out 3 nights at Real Art Ways in 2016. Black Boy Jungle 2016 Has had it's recent sold out performance and youth showing engaging in youth awareness through Art.