Helen Thorington began her career as a writer with short
stories and other fictional forms that were published in small press
magazines and journals throughout the 70s. In 1977 she made a transition
to sound. Her early sound/ music works include compositions for post-modern
dancers Bill T. Jones
and Arnie Zane, among them
Monkey Run Road, Blauvelt
Mountain, and Valley Cottage;
and works for radio. These works were revived for the year-long Bill
T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company 20th Anniversary; Helen performed
her scores live at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Massachusetts,
2002 and at The Kitchen, New York City, 2003.
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Additionally Thorington created sound/music for installation, including Endangered by Jerri Allyn at the Anchorage, Brooklyn, NY (1990); Loco-motive at the 2nd International Festival of Radio Art in Wroclaw, Poland (October 1991); and an installation performance, Partial Perceptions, premiered at DiverseWorks in Houston, Texas, and at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris in 1992.
Thorington returned to writing in 1994 to produce North Country for radio, CD-ROM and the World Wide Web. North Country was published in the Winter, 1997 issue of Black Ice.
Thorington initiated the online performance event Adrift
and contributed multiple text narratives and sound scores from 1997-2001.
Adrift was presented at Ars
Electronica, Linz, Austria, the tenth anniversary celebration
of Kunstradio, Vienna, and the New
Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City. Adrift was supported
by a Creative Capital grant