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. Increasingly, he is also a sought-after choreographer for Theater, creating the movement for 2016 production of The Parchman Hour: Songs & Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders at Minnesota’s Guthrie Theater.

Commissioned by the 2014 American Dance Festival, other presenters/projects include: Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME), 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), Urbanity Dance (Boston, MA) and dance programs, such as the Universities of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Utah, and North Texas. The Performing Institute of Minnesota named BLM its inaugural dance company in residence for 2017 - 2018.  

Flink's ongoing collaboration with biomedical engineer David Odde called The Moving Cell Project (MCP) has conducted research residencies at recognized research institutions such as the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MN and The National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India. These residencies focused on MCP's ongoing development of its bodystorming research technique. Bodystorming is a rapid modeling system that uses choreographic principles and strategies. MCP has also generated 4 TED Talks, including the pioneering A Modest Proposal: Dance v. Powerpoint created with Science Magazine correspondent John Bohannon and featured on MCP recently received funding from the National Cancer Institute to further explore bodystorming. 

Appearing in the June 2016 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine, Carl is the University of Minnesota's (UMN) Nadine Jette Sween Professor of Dance and its 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 Company, Creach/Koester Men Dancing, Janis Brenner & Dancers, among others, in New York City. He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a University of MN Political Science and Women Studies B.A. summa cum laude and was a social justice attorney for Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc., St. Paul, MN from 2001-2004. With his life partner Emilie, Carl works every day on their collaborative masterpieces, their daughters Willa, Freyja and Iris.