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, Hartford Public Library, University of Hartford, Little Berlin Philadelphia PA, HighTide Gallery Philadelphia PA, Vox Populi Gallery Philadelphia PA, AS22O Providence RI, SPACE Gallery Portland Maine. 



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, Wilkerson traveled throughout parts of eastern europe on scholarship additionally 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. Wilkerson teaches numerous amounts of workshops on youth, adults, non dancers and seniors throughout New England

Wilkerson was awarded the Connecticut office of the arts project grant (2018), Two New England Dance Fund Grants (2017) (2018), The National Endowment for the Arts “Big Read” Grant (2018), The Director's Discretionary Fund Award from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund (2018) and was selected as NEFA’S 2018 Rebecca Blunk Fund Awardee.


The Performance fee's required for Tnmot Aztro varies depending on the venue that is presenting the work chosen. We can also cultivate and collaborate with other venues the performance fee  also varies or changes structure. 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 dollars per person for a workshop, $7-5 for students. 

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


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director / Founder
Mailing Address: 
54 New Park Ave APT 2
Hartford, CT 06120
Physical Address: 
54 New Park Ave APT 2
Hartford, CT 06106
Last Name: 


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
Design - Landscape Architecture
Design - Urban / Metropolitan
Humanities - History
Humanities - Literature
Humanities - Philosophy
Humanities - Science
Literary Arts- Fiction
Literary Arts - Non-Fiction
Literary Arts - Poetry
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Media - General
Media - Audio / Sound
Media - Digital
Media - Film
Media - Video
Music - General
Music - Dance / DJ
Music - Electronica
Music - Pop / Rock
Music - R&B / Soul
Music - Rap / Hip-Hop
Theater - General
Theater - Children's
Theater - Playwriting
Theater - Storytelling
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Light Art
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Photography
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Year Founded: 
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: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Artist Representation / Artist Management
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Design Services
Film Preproduction / Production / Editing Services
Film Showings
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Theater Technical Production
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
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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
Shamel Pitts Batsheva Dance Company
Ruth Lewis
Otis Cook Pilobolus
Julian Barnett
New England New Emerging Choreographer 2009 - Awarded to Arien Wilkerson
Amistad center for Culture and Art Emerging Arts Honoree - 2017
Connecticut Office of the Arts Project grant (2018)
New England Dance Fund Grant (2017)
New England Dance Fund Grant (2018)
The National Endowment for the Arts “Big Read” Grant (2018)
The Director's Discretionary Fund Award from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund (2018)
NEFA’S 2018 Rebecca Blunk Fund Awardee.
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.
Fee Range Minimum: 
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Minimum Number of Performers: 
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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
Fee Range Minimum: 
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