March 18, 2021 - August 22, 2021

New Moves: Episode 5

New Moves returns this season with a twist: all original works filmed in beautifully iconic Kansas City locations. Each free 20-minute episode includes bonus features including interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and more.  Click here for full list of episodes.

Watch the full episode of Helen Pickett’s The Shakespeare Cycle Triptych on this page (scroll down) from Thursday, March 18 through August 22. It will also be available to stream by Facebook.

About KC Ballet’s New Moves: Episode 5

The Shakespeare Cycle Triptych

This triptych, from The Shakespeare Cycle, is a collaborative creation between KCB, Kansas City PBS and Helen Pickett. All three dances were created and rehearsed entirely on Zoom, in the dancers’ homes, the Kansas City Ballet studios, and in my apartment in Philadelphia. The ballets were filmed and produced at Kansas City PBS studios with Brad Austin at the helm. My heartfelt thanks to all involved for bringing this art to life. It was pure joy! Thank you to composer Peter Salem for generously donating his original music for all three dances. We prove, with every dance step, that we will thrive and make our art so that we may give it to our dance lovers. This collaborative effort proves that together is better!

Solo: What Angel Wakes Me (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act III, Sc I)

Duet: Look Here, Love (Cymbeline, Act I, Sc I)

Trio: Hurly-Burly (Macbeth, Act I, Sc 1)


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Watch Devon Carney Interviews Helen Pickett about The Shakespeare Cycle Triptych – Full Interview

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Meet Choreographer Helen Pickett

Helen Pickett is a San Diego, California native. Helen has created over 40 ballets in the U.S. and Europe. From 2012-2017, she was Resident Choreographer for Atlanta Ballet. The Crucible, her new full length for Scottish Ballet, which premiered at Edinburgh International Festival, has won two awards, UK Theatre Critics Award and the Herald Angel Award. The Guardian newspaper called it, “…a riveting gift of a show.” Helen won Best Choreographer and Best Dance Production for her full length, Camino Real, in 2015. Critic, Manning Harris wrote that Camino Real would “become a legend in the dance world.” In 2014, she won Best Choreographer for The Exiled.

In June 2020, Helen started work on Home Studies, Dance for film, a Zoom Choreography Triptych. She made this work from June through Mid-August, for dancers from Boston Ballet, Royal Swedish ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadians, Charlotte Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theatre of Harlem. It was shown at Virtual Pathways Dance Festival in September 2020. In August 2020, Scottish Ballet premiered, Trace, a duet created for film, in My Light Shines On: An Evening with Scottish Ballet for the Edinburgh International Festival.

From 2005-2020, Helen choreographed work for: Boston Ballet (6 works), Royal Ballet of Flanders, Ballet West (2 works), Dance Theatre of Harlem, Semper Oper/Dresden Ballet, Vienna State Opera, Scottish Ballet (3 works), Pennsylvania Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Alberta Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Charlotte Ballet(2 works), Atlanta Ballet (4 works), Washington Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (2 works), Louisville Ballet (2 works), Ballet X, and Smuin Ballet(2 works). In addition, she choreographed for the Chicago Lyric Opera, Les Troyens, and, in London, an evening length, multi-media musical, Voices of the Amazon.

Visit for her full biography.


Kansas City Ballet is an American Guild of Musical Artists Company.

The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) is the labor union that represents artists from numerous disciplines that create America’s operatic, dance, and choral heritage.

This production is presented in cooperation with the American Guild of Musical Artists. Donations are gratefully accepted on behalf of the AGMA Relief Fund.



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