About

A native of Québec, Canada, HELEN SIMONEAU (Artistic Director), has been commissioned by The Juilliard School, the American Dance Festival, Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Bessie Schönberg Residency at The Yard, Springboard Danse Montréal, and the Swiss Intl. Coaching Project (SiWiC) in Zurich. She was a resident artist at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Bates Dance Festival, and has received fellowships from Bogliasco Foundation and the NC Arts Council. Simoneau took 1st place for choreography at the Intl. Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany in 2009. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally at notable venues such as The Guggenheim Museum (NYC), Dance Place (DC), Joyce SoHo (NYC), Tangente (Montréal), The Aoyama Round Theatre (Tokyo), the L.I.G. Art Hall Busan (South Korea), Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out (MA), PACT-Zollverein in Essen (Germany), and Athens Intl. Dance Festival (Greece). She is currently a Fall Resident Fellow at the NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts, in NYC. 

photo by Todd Turner

2017-18 Company Members

  • Kayla Farrish

  • Kyle Filley

  • Dominica Greene

  • Burr Johnson

  • Catherine Ellis Kirk

  • Nik Owens

  • Magdalyn Segale

  • Connie Shiau

photos by Stephanie Crousillat unless noted in bio

2016-17 Collaborators

David Ferri (Lighting Designer) has worked with prominent choreographers such as Pina Bausch, Shen Wei, Doug Varone, Yin Mei, Eiko and Koma, Jane Comfort, David Rousseve, Jody Sperling and Ballet Preljocaj. He has been the Production Manager for the prestigious American Dance Festival since 1996 training upcoming designers in America. Recipient of 1987-1988 BESSIE AWARD for his design of Doug Varone’s “Straits”, and 2000-2001 BESSIE AWARD for Sustained Achievement in Lighting Design. Mr Ferri is the resident Lighting Designer -Technical Director for The Vassar College Dance Department, Mr. Ferri was also resident lighting designer and technical director at PS 122 from 1985-1991. Mr. Ferri lives in New York between his travels and projects.

Must be the Holy Ghost (Composer/Musician) was established by Jared Draughon in 2012 as a solo musical project experimenting with amplifiers and effects pedals. Later joined by visual artist, Evan Hawkins-Weapons of Mass Projection, they would become a dynamic audio/visual performance duo. Together they have completed six tours, playing over 150 shows in every major city in the U.S. and Canada. www.mustbetheholyghost.com

David Schulman (Composer) By turns nocturnal, reflective, funky, and cinematic, the music of violinist and composer David Schulman has been called “mysterious and beautiful” by the Washington Post. Selections from David’s albums,“Quiet Life Motel,” and “Anhinga” have been heard nationally on NPR, and his music is frequently licensed by choreographers. An avid dance collaborator, David has performed at venues including The Kennedy Center, PS21, and The Paul Taylor Studios. He has created original scores for PearsonWidrig Dance Theater, Dance Exchange, Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, and Stephanie Miracle. Helen Simoneau is working with his music for a new piece commissioned by the Oregon Ballet Theatre. David’s new album “Anhinga” was named a “Top DC Jazz Album of 2016” by CapitolBop, and features several pieces that first came to life as music for dance. His music can be found at quietlifemotel.com

Reid Bartelme (Costume Designer) began his professional life as a dancer. He worked for Ballet companies throughout North America and Canada, and later in his career worked for modern dance companies in New York including Shen Wei Dance Arts and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.  He has also performed in works by Jack Ferver, Liz Santoro, Burr Johnson, Douglas Dunn, Christopher Williams, and Kyle Abraham.  He went on to graduate from the fashion design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology and began working as a freelance costume designer.  Reid has designed costumes most notably for Christopher Wheeldon, Matthew Neenan, Pontus Lidberg, Lar Lubovitch, Pam Tanowitz, Jack Ferver, Kyle Abraham, Jillian Peña and Liz Santoro.  In collaboration with designer Harriet Jung, Reid has designed costumes for the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Alexei Ratmansky, Justin Peck, Marcelo Gomes, and Jodi Melnick. www.reidbartelme.com

Jerome Begin (Composer) Called a “fabulous composer-pianist” and an “unimpeachable” choice of collaborator by the New York Times, Jerome Begin’s works have been performed throughout the USA, Europe and Asia, including a nationally televised performance of his score for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance company for President Obama at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors. Modern dance commissions include works for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Juilliard School, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Keigwin + Company, Gallim Dance, Sean Curran Company, Sacramento Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Alabama Ballet, and many others. In 2011 his music was featured on the PBS American Masters series in the documentary A Good Man, about the making of a Bill T. Jones work. Recent projects include: Kwaidan, a large-scale multimedia opera installation based on traditional Japanese ghost stories, NEVEREND, an evening length dance work for Jin Ju Song-Begin/Da-On Dance, scoring a documentary about Brooklyn street “Flex” dancers entitled “Flex is Kings,” and recording an album with Chris Lancaster in their synth/cello duo band, Tranimal.  Jerome’s new score for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane’s work Continuous Replay is currently touring internationally with the company. Jerome serves as Music Director of The Juilliard School Dance Division. music.jeromebegin.com

Steven Cook (Dramaturge) joined the Chicago Ballet at age 16 and later the Houston Ballet and DANCERS in New York City before appearing on Broadway in the musical “Doonesbury” in 1983.  From1995 -2013, he taught movement for Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York and directed well over 20 projects, including creating and being a founding member of Movement and Dance Theater (MAD) for the studio. He still remains on as a consultant for Adler as well as with Margie Gillis and Springboard Montreal.  He has also taught for National Theater for the Deaf, Cirque de Soleil and the National Shakespeare Conservatory. He has acted with Riverside Shakespeare, Vermont Shakespeare, Pulse Ensemble, Lime Kiln Arts, Wake Up Marconi, and The Harold Clurman Lab.  Mr. Cook is also an avid Argentine Tango dancer and has taught tango in the United States, NYC, Portugal, Slovenia, Canada, and Buenos Aires.

Nathalie Joachim (Composer) Recognized for her versatile and innovative performing and composing, Nathalie Joachim has become a notable figure in the international music community. Critics hail the New York City based artist for creating “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu.” (The Wall Street Journal) Ms. Joachim is co-founder of the critically acclaimed urban art pop duo, Flutronix, known for bringing their ingenious stagecraft and technical prowess to stages world-wide. She was also recently appointed the new flutist of three-time Grammy winning contemporary chamber ensemble, eighth blackbird. Other performance experience consists of an impressive range including Miguel Zenón, Vampire Weekend, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Richard Reed Parry and Dan Deacon. Ms. Joachim was a faculty member at The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program (MAP) and is regularly engaged by elite educational institutions nationwide. Upcoming 2015-16 projects include commissions from Helen Simoneau Danse and Park Avenue Armory’s Under Construction program, as well as the release of a new Flutronix EP. Ms. Joachim is the only person to have successfully completed the MAP, Pre-College, and College Division programs at The Juilliard School. She completed her graduate degree studies at The New School in audio production and sound design. nathaliejoachim.com

Carrie Wood (Lighting Designer) has worked for a diverse group of artists including Karen Sherman, Katie Workum, Reggie Wilson, Walter Dundervill , Melanie Maar, Luciana Achugar, Sarah Michelson, Daniel Gwirtzman, Daria Fain Michael Lluberes, and many more. She joined Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009 as the assistant production manager for their final Legacy Tour. She then production managed Cunningham’s final performance at the Park Avenue Armory. She also is one of the lighting designers for Cipriani’s 55 Wall Street event venue. Carrie’s design work has been seen on both international and national stages including BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Yerba Buena Center for the arts, Walker Art Center, Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz, and New York Live Arts. Carrie is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts. carriewoodld.com

Past and Frequent Collaborators

Kathryn E. Grillo (Costume Designer) has been a Costume Designer/Draper for the UNCSA School of Dance since 1996 when she began building costumes for their then new Nutcracker. Her work at UNCSA has included designs for the ballets Raymonda, Don Quixote, Rubies, Valse Fantasie, and The Nutcracker as well as numerous contemporary pieces by both faculty and guest choreographers. She has designed for the American Dance Festival, Carolina Ballet, NC Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre Studio, Ballet Tennessee, Ballet Spartanburg and Duke University. Before joining the Dance Department, Kathryn was a guest Costume Designer/ Draper/Faculty in UNCSA’s Design and Production department for 18 years, starting in 1984. Since 1991, she has also been the Resident Costume Designer/Coordinator for Piedmont Opera, designing costumes for Turandot, The Light in the Piazza, Les Contes d’Hoffman, La Boheme and others. She has designed for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Virginia Opera and Opera Tampa, and she coordinated Opera Carolina’s costumes for four seasons. Grillo holds a BA cum laude in Theatre Arts from Cornell University and an MFA in Costume Design from Carnegie Mellon University.

Composer/Multi-instrumentalist Andy Hasenpflug (Composer) has been accompanying and composing music for dance since 1989. He has played and/or composed for artists such as Helen Simoneau, Bill T. Jones, Joe Goode, members of the Merce Cunningham and Bebe Miller Dance Companies, Doug Varone, LabCo, Dance Alloy, the Seldoms, and Zephyr Dance. He has recorded with the US Air Force Band, Rick Lisak Band, Sylvain Acher and Fabien, Divide by Pi, and Hasenproject, as well as creating an ongoing group of solo recordings. During the academic year, Andy works at Slippery Rock University as Music Director of the Dance Department. He is also the music director for the American Dance Festival and a visiting lecturer at Henan University in XinXiang, China. www.andyhasenpflug.com

Michael Wall (Composer) is a internationally recognized composer, performer and educator. Michael collaborates with dancers, choreographers and filmmakers from around the world. His recent projects were with Bebe Miller, Pearson/Widrig Dance Theater, Alvin Ailey II and Andre Constantini. Michael has worked at Rutgers University, Princeton University, NYU, The Ohio State University, The Bates Dance Festival and The American Dance Festival. A strong believer in digital distribution of music, Michael has worked for the last 7 years to make music created specifically for dance available for students, teachers and choreographers globally. His most recent project, provides a large range of music in a variety of meters and tempos in a “Pay What You Like” model. Michael believes that making a strong diverse collection available in an open pricing structure will encourage growth in music made for dance. www.soundFORMovement.com

For nearly 25 years John C.B. Wilson (Composer) has been exploring his love for music in bars, clubs, concert halls, dance studios, and recording spaces. He received a BM from The North Carolina School of the Arts and an MM from the Manhattan School of Music. As a percussionist John has performed with various bands, such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the As-Is Ensemble. He also regularly plays with local groups including Four for One, Ken Rhodes Trio, Muddy River Band, The Matt Kendrick Unit, Lean In, and The Carolina Chamber Symphony. In addition, John has taught music at many institutions including Davidson College, Pfeiffer University, Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, and the John Coltrane Jazz Workshop. Throughout the last decade John has been operating Spot Studio, a unique recording space constructed mostly with salvaged materials. At Spot John and his engineering partner, Chris Peck, have worked with artists such as The Martha Bassett Band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Luminescent Orchestrii, The StoryLine Project, and Will and Deni Films featuring David Holt. Since 1998 John has found a creative home as an accompanist in the UNCSA Dance Department, where he is inspired on a daily basis through his work with students and faculty. John lives in downtown Winston-Salem with the love of his life, Dr. T. Sharee Fowler.

 

Board of Directors:

  • Ralph Womble (Chair)
  • Anna Reilly (Vice-Chair)
  • Robert Beseda
  • Ashley Edwards
  • Nina Maria Lucas
  • Margaret Scales
  • Helen Simoneau
  • Shaheen Syal
  • Bill Watson
  • JD Wilson

Staff

Tori Westcott - Managing Director
tori@helensimoneau.com

Burr Johnson - Company Manager*
admin@helensimoneau

*For all audition inquiries, please contact Burr Johnson.