Helga Davis

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Creative Futures Artist-in-Residence

A vocalist and performance artist who sees her work as a mirror for people

As part of her Creative Futures fellowship at Carolina Performing Arts, Helga Davis is developing a podcast series featuring conversations with select local researchers, creatives, and artists, inspired by her summer 2020 livestream event with her CF collaborator Barbara Fredrickson (UNC professor and author of Love 2.0).

“This is an opportunity to see what the community is holding and to help them hold it.” 

Helga Davis, from “Making the Future

Excited to be in conversation with members of the local community on- and off-campus, Helga is compiling on a list of potential podcast guests and making plans to record. She is also a collaborator on fellow CF artist-in-residence Shara Nova’s project Ocean Body (learn more here).

Through her residency, Helga is also working with faculty partner Jacqueline Lawton (playwright, dramaturg, and professor, Department of Dramatic Art) and community partner Monet Marshall (performing artist, playwright, director, and choreographer).

A number of Helga’s planned spring 2020 activities were suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions, but she is planning the following events between fall 2021 and spring 2022.

The Love Show: In this event examining the idea of love, participants will be asked to write the love letters that they wish they had written or received, some of which will be read or sung aloud by selected performers. This event will feature “love music” performed by Helga, with live music and guest vocalists, as well as poetry, dance, and artwork by local artists. 

Cassandra: Helga’s first full-length music and theater work, Cassandra is a semi-autobiographical work merging her own experience of ‘otherness’ in contemporary America with the iconic Greek myth of the cursed seer.

All About Love: Helga Davis in Conversation

Part of the virtual #CPAatHome series, this event aired on July 23, 2020.

Helga Davis is joined by collaborator Barbara Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNC-Chapel Hill and author of Love 2.0 for lively conversation on the topic of love. This event also features readings by director, playwright and cultural organizer Monet Marshall, and was moderated by Jacqueline Lawton, playwright, dramaturg, producer, and Assistant Professor in UNC’s Department of Dramatic Art.

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