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Black Label Movement

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Company History:

Choreographer Carl Flink founded Black Label Movement (BLM) in the fall of 2005 as a creative laboratory and performance platform for his unique brand of athletic contemporary dance and to develop performers hungry to take it on. Our name comes from the original generic foods of the late 1970s and early 1980s that simply bore white or yellow labels with bold black lettering declaring each product’s contents, e.g. Fruit Cocktail, Peas, etc. Flink and his friends called these “black label foods.” The no frills simplicity of these products fit Flink’s aesthetic perfectly. The addition of movement to the company name captures BLM’s dynamic physical vocabulary and its goal to be a socially conscious community of artists.

Featured in the January 2014 issue of Dance Magazine, BLM is recognized as one of Minnesota’s leading and most innovative contemporary dance companies. BLM's numerous awards and honors include a 2014 Minnesota Dance Community Sage Award for Outstanding Ensemble, The 2015 Twin Cities Star Tribune Best of MN List, A 2016 Sage Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance and Two 2016 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Award Nominations, among others. Artistic Director Carl Flink was featured in the June 2016 Issue of Dance Teacher. We have moved well beyond Minnesota with performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Florence Gould Hall, Bangalore, India, New York City, Brussels, Belgium, Texas, Massachusetts, California and Florida.

Artistic Director Carl Flink Bio:

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.

Years in Business

10 plus

Contact Name

Crystal Edwards


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Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts #401
528 Hennepin Avenue
Mpls, MN 55403
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How to Best Use Us/Me

BLM is an intensely physical contemporary dance company that can perform dance works and other movement driven activities in a variety of venues and sites. Our work is both accessible, dynamic and smart. We can present work to organizations and events that may be looking for entertainment outside of the more traditional fare associated with an event like the Super Bowl, such as fashion shows, etc. We also have two TED Talks, "A Modest Proposal: Dance v. Powerpoint" and "Let's Talk About Sex" that may interest corporate organizers designing events that stimulate conversation and imagination. In addition, BLM has an ongoing collaboration with biomedical engineer and noted cancer researcher David Odde called the Moving Cell Project that has developed a research technique called "bodystorming" using dancers to model scientific research that might also be of interest to corporate planners looking for "outside of the box" activities for their patrons. We also can offer highly trained and daring performers for the Halftime Show and Artistic Director Carl Flink is an experienced and sought-after choreographer who could provide assistance on that endeavor.

Fee Structure

Our fee structure is customized for each event we do, since we offer a wide array of activities suitable for a variety of possible events.



Cari Hatcher


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