Strange Garden

Broadway World/Marsha Volgyi
“The World Premiere of Strange Garden, choreographed by Helen Simoneau, original score by Jerome Begin (Music Advisor of the Juilliard Dance Division), revealed the dancers in contortion-like floor poses, but with a modern twist. Mr. Begin’s vocoder and live electronic processing instrumentals awoke their bodies from their collective trance. Ms. Simoneau’s style seemed to stem from what could live in a strange garden. Praying mantis and centipede movements were a foundation throughout their detailed combination of modern and classical steps. Within each of the sections of the dance, they would maneuver back into floor modern-contortion stances, which resembled scenery that focused one’s eye on the dancers who were in motion. The clean technique of the students might have been one of the compelling reasons as to why these dancers were admitted to the Juilliard program. An on-the-cusp eerie, haunting, and supernatural first piece.” (2015)

Program Credits:
24 dancers
15 minutes
Performance: Juilliard School 1st Year Students
Assistant to the Choreographer: Burr Johnson
Original Music by Jerome Begin
Lighting Design: Nicole Pierce

This work was commissioned by The Juilliard School for “New Dances: Edition 2015” and was premiered at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Lincoln Center and previewed at The Guggenheim Museum’s “Works & Process.”