Carl L Flink

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580 Rarig Center

330 21st Ave S

A professor of dance and chair of the Theatre Arts & Dance department at the University of Minnesota, Carl Flink's grants and awards include a 2012 regional Emmy Award for the TPT MN Original episode featuring his choreography, 2008 and 2012 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Choreography, Twin Cities City Pages 2012 Best Choreographer and Artist of the Year, 2011 and 2012 Live Music for Dance MN grants and a 2010 and 2012 Ivey Awards recipient. During much of the 1990s, he was a member of the Limon Dance Company and Creach/Koester Men Dancing. He is also the founder and artistic director of Minneapolis/St. Paul based movement theater Black Label Movement (BLM - Flink's dancemaking is recognized for its intense athleticism, daring risk taking and humanistic themes. Institutions that have presented/commissioned his choreography include the Bates Dance Festival, TED, TEDx Brussels, Theater Latte Da (Mpls, MN), the Chicago Humanities Festival, The Minnesota Orchestra, Company C Contemporary Ballet (San Francisco, CA) and Same Planet Different World (Chicago, IL), as well as, dance programs such as the University of Illinois, Stanford University, the University of Iowa, Mount Holyoke and the University of Kansas. Flink is currently in the third year of a research collaboration with biomedical engineer David Odde at the University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study called The Moving Cell Project. In July 2012, Flink will join Odde at The Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA to work with scientists on a research technique called "Bodystorming" developed in the Moving Cell Project. This project also includes Flink's collaboration with Science Magazine correspondent John Bohannon. Flink, Bohannon and BLM created "A Modest Proposal" for the 2011 TEDx Brussels with over 1.5 million internet views and another yet to be launched presentation for TED 2012: Full Spectrum entitled "The Facts of Life Talk." Beyond the dance world, he holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and was a staff attorney with Farmers Legal Action Group, Inc. from 2001-2004.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • J.D.: Law, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, CA, 2001.
  • Bachelor of Arts Summa Cum Laude: Political Science & Women's Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities , 1990.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Choreography
  • Performance Direction
  • Dance
  • Dance Composition
  • Collaborations between Science and Dance
  • Theater
  • Musical Theater
Courses Taught
  • DNCE 3010 - Modern Dance Technique 5
  • DNCE 4601 - Dance Composition 3
  • DNCE 3020 - Modern Dance Technique 6
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Artistic Director, Twin Cities based professional dance group Black Label Movement (BLM). Website:
  • Regular Guest Artist with Shapiro & Smith Dance, Minneapolis: 2004 - present
  • Limon Dance Company, New York: 1992 - 1998
  • Creach/Koester Men Dancing: Company Member 1991 - 1994


  • Black Label Movement in Residency at the 2012 Marine Biological Laboratory: Black Label Movement joined long time science collaborator David Odde to examine the research technique "Bodystorming", July 3, 2012 - July 10, 2012
  • Black Label Movement Set and Performed Carl Flink's Evening Length Work "Wreck" at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth, MN : October 9, 2012 - October 10, 2012
  • "The Facts of Life Talk": Presentation created for the 2012 TED: Full Spectrum Conference, Long Beach, CA, March 2, 2012
  • "A Modest Proposal: Dance Your PhD": Presentation created for the 2011 TEDx Brussels Conference. Venue: BOZAR Theatre, Brussels, Belgium
  • "When Dancers and Biologists Collide": Presentation at the 2011 Chicago Humanities Festival
  • "Choreography of the Moving Cell": Presentation at the 13th Annual Subtle Technologies Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 8, 2011
  • "Spring Awakening: The Musical": Carl Flink choreographed the movement for Theater Latte Da's all new version of the Tony award winning musical. Opened April 14, 2012.
  • Black Label Movement Set and Performed Carl Flink's Evening Length Work "Wreck" at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth, MN : October 9, 2012 - October 10, 2012


  • Artistic Director of the Twin Cities based professional dance company Black Label Movement (BLM). BLM website:
  • Recipient of a 2012 McKnight Fellowship for Choreographers ($25,000):
  • "Lost Lullabies," an original dance created by Flink in 2006, was selected to perform at the 2012 American College Dance Festival National Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. :
  • "A Duet for Wreck" Choreographed by Carl Flink: Short film for Twin Cities Public Television's MN Original Series, Aired: April 2012: ,
  • "Spring Awakening: The Musical": Choreographed Theatre Latte Da's Production of this musical. Premiere Venue: Stoll Thrust Theater, Rarig Center, Mpls, MN, April 14, 2012,
  • Commissioned to create "HIT," a quartet for the Chicago-based professional dance company Same Planet Different World. Premiere venue: The Dance Center of the Columbia College of Chicago, March 10, 2011:
  • Commissioned by Minnesota Orchestra to create "Oceania," an octet to Claude DeBussy's La Mer. Premiere Venue: Orchestra Hall, Mpls, MN, March 23, 2011 :
  • Recipient of a 2010 Ivey Award for Choreography for Jungle Theater production of "Mary's Wedding":
  • Science+dance=bodystorming: Flink, Carl, Professor David Odde, Elsevier Ltd, Trend in Cellular Biology, 22 613-616, 2012. Link
  • Shared 2012 Regional Emmy Award for Twin Cities Public Television's MN Original Episode 319
  • Shared 2012 Ivey Award for "Overall Excellence" as Choreographer of the Theater Latte Da/UMN Theatre Arts & Dance Dept. Production of "Spring Awakening: The Musical"
  • Named "2012 Best Choreographer" by the Minneapolis City Pages
  • 2012 Live Music for Dance Grants from the American Music Center and American Composers’ Forum (Award: $5,000)
  • Two 2011 Live Music for Dance Grants from the American Music Center and American Composers’ Forum (Awards: $5000 & $2000)
  • Shared 2010 Ivey Award for Choreography for the Jungle Theater's production of "Mary's Wedding"
  • Best Dance Performance of the Past 12 Months, City Pages, 2007