HELEN SIMONEAU is a native of Québec, Canada. Her company, Helen Simoneau Danse, is based in both NC and NYC. She had the honor of winning The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: NYC with her solo the gentleness was in her hands. This work was also awarded 1st Place for Choreography at the 13th Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theatre Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. Simoneau returned to Germany as one of three finalists for the Kurt Jooss Prize 2010 in Essen for her quintet Flight Distance I. Simoneau has been selected to choreograph for the Swiss International Coaching Project (SiWiC) in Zurich, the Bessie Schönberg Residency at The Yard, Bates Dance Festival’s Emerging Choreographer Program, and the American Dance Festival’s Footprints series, where she created a new work for 19 dancers. Her choreography has been presented in Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and has toured throughout Germany and the United States. Her work Flight Distance III: Chain Suite was recently presented in a 9-performance tour of Montréal, Tokyo, and Busan, South Korea, marking the company’s debut in Asia. This Fall, Simoneau will be in residency for a month at the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities in Genoa, Italy where she will create a new solo through a fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation.