Events

University of the Arts

January 16, 2018 - April 30, 2018
Spring Term 2018
Philadelphia, PA

Simoneau will work with the students of The University of the Arts to reimagine an existing company piece during the Spring semester. This work for 19 dancers will be performed at the Merriam Theater in April. More information soon......More

Food for Thought -Winter

February 24, 2018
7pm and 8:30pm 
SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC

Food for Thought is a new performance series presented by Helen Simoneau Danse in collaboration with fellow artists Caitlyn Swett and Taryn Griggs. Modeled on the long running program of the same name at Danspace Project in NYC, Food for Thought is a platform to see thoughtfully curated performance and collect donations for the local Food Bank. Admission is $5 with 2 cans of food or $10 with no cans. Canned goods will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank and matched by a donation from Whole Foods Market. The winter performance is presented in partnership SECCA and will take place at 2 separate times, 7pm and 8:30pm. Please use the main museum entrance at the historic house. Cash bar will be available beginning at 6:45pm. Please arrive early as there is limited seating and no standing room. The performance runs approximately 60mins. The evening will be comprised of short works created by Kayla Farrish, Burr Johnson, Dominica Greene, Donovan Reed, Maggie Segale, and Kyle Filley in addition to a performance by Simoneau of her award-winning solo “the gentleness was in her hands.” As dancers and collaborators of HSDanse, these artists are all choreographers in their own right having developed and performed a body of work throughout their careers. Join us to witness each of them share their own artistic voices in an intimate performance experience taking place in the round within the museum's gallery space....More

Land Bridge at VCU

March 3, 2018
7:30pm
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA

LAND BRIDGE, a new evening-length work by choreographer Helen Simoneau investigates heritage, assimilation and identity to reveal how the willing erasure of the self may serve as a means of renewal and redirection. Examined abstractly through the lens of caribou, this most powerful member of the deer family serves as a trail guide for the work. As a Québécoise living and working in the United States, the daughter of an Anglophone mother and Francophone father, Simoneau draws upon the duality of living between two languages to explore both immigrating and migrating forms. What is the impact of arriving and of departing? LAND BRIDGE considers the patterns and tendencies implicit in both human and animal behavior. This work marks Helen Simoneau Danse’s first evening length piece and first collaboration with highly acclaimed composer and flutist Nathalie Joachim who shares with Simoneau the experience of navigating acclimation. Drawing from a lifetime of embracing both her Haitian and American heritage, and the often delicate balance of such a duality, Joachim created an electroacoustic score that captures an intrinsic human quality paired with unapologetically synthetic sound. Her use of the human voice in song, breath and articulation throughout the score is representative of the importance of language and/or the lack thereof as it relates to cultural identity. The cyclical and recurrent nature of the electronics reflect engrained processes that carry through generations, both human and animal, despite their evolution. The score is a testament to standing softly yet with conviction in all that you are through the varying stages of life....More

Oregon Ballet Theatre

May 24, 2018 - June 3, 2018
BodyVox Dance Center, Portland, OR

Oregon Ballet Theatre concludes their year with "Closer", a program that draws you in for a last look at the artists you have enjoyed all season long. Held at the intimate BodyVox Dance Center, "Closer" is a program of surprises, including new work created by the dancers of OBT presented alongside Helen Simoneau's "Departures." With just 175 seats right at the stage floor, you will enjoy a rare opportunity to experience all the power and artistry of this most rigorous of dance forms in a way that puts you safely in the midst of all the action....More