Warm Reception

Helander Dance Theater presents Voices of Tibet

It's been a long haul for Helander, but now that the project's complete, she doubts her work will ever be the same -- the cross-cultural bent is here to stay. And she has one last fantasy. "It still feels like there's no closure," she says. "There's one piece missing: I'd love to go back and show them what I've done." But she says this with reservation, admitting that the expense of such a venture would be daunting for any self-producing artist like herself. Still, she says, "we're not talking slick venues. We're talking about Third World countries -- where you don't drink the water and you're going to dance on dirt." But that's something Helander, for one, could live with: "Right now I'm all talk and no money. But it's good to talk."

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