Carl Flink

Artistic director of the Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA) based dance company Black Label Movement (BLM), Carl Flink and BLM's awards & honors include two 2016 Upper Midwest Emmy Award nominations, the 2015 Twin Cities StarTribune Best of MN and the 2012 Twin Cities City Pages Best Choreographer and Artist of the Year lists, a 2014 MN Dance Community Sage Award, 2008 and 2012 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Choreography, 2010 and 2012 MN Ivey Awards, among others.

Featured in Dance Magazine's January 2014 issue, Flink’s dancemaking is recognized for its intense athleticism, daring, and humanistic themes.  He is increasingly a sought-after choreographer in the arena of Theater, recent creating the movement for The Parchman Hour: Songs & Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders at Minnesota’s Guthrie Theater. He was commissioned for the 2014 American Dance Festival. Other presenters/projects include: Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME), The Guthrie Theater (Mpls, MN), TED, TEDMED, TEDx Brussels, VocalEssence (Mpls, MN), Theater Latté Da (Mpls, MN), the Chicago Humanities Festival, The MN Orchestra, Company C Contemporary Ballet (San Francisco, CA), Same Planet Different World (Chicago, IL) and dance programs, such as the Universities of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Utah, and North Texas. Flink's ongoing collaboration with biomedical engineer David Odde called The Moving Cell Project (MCP) conducted a residency at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India in May 2015, as well as, 2012 and 2013 residencies at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. These residencies focused on MCP's ongoing development of its bodystorming research technique. MCP has also generated 4 TED Talks including A Modest Proposal: Dance v. Powerpoint created with Science Magazine correspondent John Bohannon featured on TED.com. MCP recently received funding from the National Cancer Institute to further explore bodystorming.


Interviewed in the June 2016 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine, Carl is the University of Minnesota's (UMN) Nadine Jette Sween Professor of Dance and incoming Director of Dance. He was the UMN Theatre Arts & Dance Department Chair from 2008 – 2014.  During the 1990s, he was a member of the Limón Dance CompanyCreach/Koester Men Dancing, Janis Brenner & Dancers, among others, in New York City. He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a UMN Political Science and Women Studies B.A. summa cum laude, and was a staff attorney for Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc., St. Paul, MN from 2001-2004.

Flink's ongoing collaboration with biomedical engineer David Odde at UMN Institute for Advanced Study is called The Moving Cell Project (MCP). July 2013, Flink joined Odde for the second time at The Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA to work with scientists on their research technique called “bodystorming.” MCP also includes Flink’s collaboration with Science Magazine correspondent John Bohannon. Flink, Bohannon and BLM created "A Modest Proposal: Dance v. Powerpoint" featured on TED.com. MCP has produced three other TED Talks and a presentation for the 2013 Better with Pets Summit. He holds a Stanford Law School JD and was a staff attorney with Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. in St. Paul, MN from 2001-2004.  With his life partner Emilie, Carl works every day on their collaborative masterpieces Willa, Freyja and Iris.