Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient



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, The CT Dance Awards, Hartbeat Ensemble, Housatonic Community College Theater Arts, Amistad Center for Art & Culture and Vox Populi Gallery in Center City Philadelphia PA. 



Arien E. Wilkerson Biography

Arien Wilkerson is a choreographer, movement, video, and installation artist. The Hartford, CT native began his dance training under the tutelage of Jolet Creary, and has been a student at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, The Artists Collective, Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts, and the Batsheva Dance Company’s "Gaga Intensive" in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 2008, he was a scholarship recipient for travel to Cape Verde, Africa to participate in CulturArte, a youth arts residency program. There, he studied with Deborah Goffe (Artistic Director of Scapegoat Garden) and Mano Preto (Artistic Director of Raiz di Polon). As a high school senior in 2009, David Dorfman and Nicole Stanton selected Arien's work for inclusion in Wesleyan University’s Dance Masters programming, recognizing his potential as a groundbreaking choreographer in New England. In his role as founder and Artistic Director of TNMOT AZTRO, Arien has been commissioned by Hartford’s Town & County Club to develop his sold-out show BLACK BOY JUNGLE which went on to the Wadsworth Atheneum. As an Artist in Residence at The Garden Center for Contemporary Dance (2013-2014), Arien developed three iterations of "The Projector Series", which went on to sell out RAW for 3 consecutive evenings. Arien served as co-facilitator for the Invisible City Project Cooperative, a space and program with the goal of supporting Greater Hartford dance artists in making their best work. Last, Wilkerson is a Take Magazines 2017 "Artist to Watch". Wilkerson has recently received the New England Dance Fund grant for the creation of media kits and digital marketing materials. Last, Wilkerson was awarded the "Spirit of Juneteenth" Emerging Choreographer award given by The Amistad Center for Art and Culture Inside of The Wadsworth Atheneum.  


The Performance fee's required for Tnmot Aztro varies depending on the venue that is presenting the work that they have chosen. When we also cultivate and collaborate with other venues the performance fee is also varied and structured. The minimum fee we can take is 8,825 the Maximum starts at 20,000 and can be more based on the amount of details in the installation and the work itself. 

Teaching Artist fee starts at $250 and can go up to $600 depending on the level and reqiured alotted time that has been given. We Generally charged $15 dolaars per person for a workshop.

Additional Links: 
EQUATORS Presented By Geoffery Sheenan and The Housatonic Community College Theater Arts InterACTion Symposium
2017 NEWEST WORK - Click link for more photos & Text behind the work.
Black Boy Jungle engages the viewers physically, and invites them to think critically about their own identities in terms of ancestry and personal identity.
Click link for more photos & Text behind the work.
This piece is fitting for our times politically and socially as it explores ideas of critical thought, media-created leadership and influence, rhetoric, technology, control, sexual energy and dogma.
Click link for more photos & Text behind the work.
This authentic work was written by playwright Azua Echevarria and is directed by Hannah Simms. It will be the first theater production produced and choreographed by TNMOT AZTRO PERFORMANCE ART AND DANCE INSTALLATION LLC.
Click link for more photos & Text behind the work.
An interview discussion on Black Boy Jungle.
For more films and video.

I Have Worked With

  • June 2017

    Amistad Center for Culture and Art - Juneteenth Gala honoree -Emerging Artist Award went to Arien Wilkerson for his making groundbreaking work within the community. - 2017 -

    Arien Wilkerson and small cast perform an excerpt from the show Black Boy Jungle. Arien Aceepted the 2017 Spirit of Juneeteenth Award


  • March 2017

    EQUATORS Presented By Geoffery Sheenan and The Housatonic Community College Theater Arts InterACTion Symposium FILM SHOT BY WOJETK MU / EDITED BY ARI AZTRO  - Additional footage shot by David Borawski Director, Choreographer, Producer, Performer: Arien WilkersonInstallation designer: David BorawskiLighting Designer: Jon-Paul LaRocco Diagrams and art designer: Darcy St. Onge & Arien Wilkerson  EQUATORS is an exploration on environmental justice as a major form of racial injustice targeting how climate structures like  The Arctic Circle, The Tropic of Cancer, The Tropic of Capricorn, The Equator and The Antarctic circle influences expectations for quality of life, order and territory. The Installation targets how racial divides are manifested in homes, neighborhoods, and geography due to impacts of zoning, segregation and gentrification.  The solo developed and performed by choreographer Arien Wilkerson is a conversation with territory. Arien Wilkerson developed his movement out of the essay “Operation Astra” written by Roland Barthes. The movement connects his form to the climate he is occupying. EQUATORS  also feature 7 diagrams developed with designer Darcy St. Onge. The diagrams are  maps of order used within the performance installation. The Diagrams represent Black bodies of land and White Bodies of land as well as homes in relationship to Arien and the climate he is occupying.  

  • September 2016

    The Wadsworth Antheneum has been engaging with Tnmot Aztro since 2014 when the company was asked to perform apart of their community event First Thursdays at the Wadsworth. Tnmot Aztro will currently be back on september 17th performing a small exculsive excerpt of the work Black Boy Jungle in the Morgan Great Hall, The installation performance will invite the audience to be apart of the work questioning there identity and paying homage to those who left the foundation for us. 


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director / Founder
Mailing Address: 
45 Elmer street.
Hartford, CT 06120
Physical Address: 
45 Elmer street.
Hartford, CT 06120
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Ballet
Dance - Ballroom
Dance - Ethnic
Dance - Hip Hop
Dance - Jazz
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Dance - Traditional
Design - General
Design - Architecture
Design - Fashion
Design - Graphic
Design - Industrial
Design - Interior
Humanities - History
Humanities - Literature
Humanities - Philosophy
Humanities - Science
Literature - Fiction
Literature - Non-Fiction
Literature - Poetry
Literature - Spoken Word
Media - General
Media - Audio / Sound
Media - Digital
Media - Film
Media - Video
Music - General
Theater - General
Theater - Children's
Theater - Playwriting
Theater - Storytelling
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
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Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Languages Available: 
American Sign Language
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Artist Representation / Artist Management
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Design Services
Film Preproduction / Production / Editing Services
Film Showings
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Theater Technical Production
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
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Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Greater Hartford Arts Acadamey
Earl Mosely Institution for the Arts
Jolet Creary
Artist Collective
Deborah Goffee
Cape Verde - Manu Preto - Raiz Di Polon
Batsheva Dance Company
New England New Emerging Choreographer 2009 - Awarded to Arien Wilkerson
Amistad center for Culture and Art Emerging Arts Honoree - 2017
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
We Provided 70% of equipment for the pieces that we create. We also strive to tour with 70% of our lighting and stage set up however prefer to use lighting rigs and sources from other institutions while doing shows on tour.
Marley Floor - Needed for performances -
Wooden Floor - Needed for performances -
Strong Power Sources
Other requirements vary on where the installation is being set up at.
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Physical Education
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
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