Carl Flink is the founder and artistic director of the performance group, Black Label Movement (BLM). He is also the Director of Dance and a tenured associate professor with the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. A Limón Dance Company member and soloist during much of the 1990s in New York, Flink has also danced for Bill T. Jones and Paul Taylor, and locally Shapiro & Smith Dance and Paula Mann among many others. His choreography has been commissioned by Stanford University, the University of Minnesota, Ballet Arts Minnesota, and Roger Williams University, as well as presented by the Limón Dancers’ Choreography Project. Beyond the dance world, he graduated from Stanford Law School in 2001 and worked as a staff attorney with Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. protecting the legal rights of low-income family farmers and promoting sustainable agriculture until 2004. Carl also holds a B.A. in Political Science and Women Studies, summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota. Most importantly, according to Flink, he raises his three daughters with his partner and BLM artistic associate Emilie Plauché Flink. Music accompanying this interview is composed by Mary Ellen Childs for Black Label Movement’s dance performance, “Wreck.”
Black Label Movement presents “Wreck”
By Carl Flink
Music by Mary Ellen Childs
January 11-13 & 16-20, 2008
Wed.-Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 7pm
Black Label Movement returns to the Southern Theater following its sold-out debut season with the premiere of Carl Flink's evening-length work, Wreck. Set inside the last watertight compartment of a recently sunk ore boat resting at the bottom of Lake Superior, the pulse-pounding performance explores the depths of physical and psychological endurance and human fortitude in the face of impending destruction.