Helen Simoneau Danse Announces Summer Performances in St. Louis, MO; Durham, North Carolina; and Miami, Florida. Presenting the world premiere of Delicate Power at the American Dance Festival on June 23, 2022, Helen Simoneau Danse will then perform two engagements at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center: first as part of Miami’s Dimensions Dance Theater on July 16 and 17, 2022, and later at Center’s Lab Theater August 5-7, 2022. Additionally, Helen Simoneau Danse will premiere a new duet at Dance St. Louis on May 27, 2022, and Simoneau is also commissioned by Charlotte Ballet and Oregon Ballet Theater for their next seasons 22/23. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit helensimoneau.org/en/events. Simoneau is also commissioned by Charlotte Ballet and Oregon Ballet Theater for their upcoming 22/23 seasons.
Dimensions Dance Theater Miami
July 16, 2022 at 8 p.m.
July 17, 2022 at 3 p.m.
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Cutler Bay, Florida
Miami’s Dimensions Dance Theater returns to the main stage of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center with the works of five choreographers. Featuring world premieres by Guggenheim compatriot Helen Simoneau, Miami Dances Choreographer Award winner Yanis Eric Pikieris, and more.
“I look forward to sharing several new dance works with the public this summer,” said Helen Simoneau. “Delicate Power has been in the works for 2 years, which seems crazy since we were only recently able to be together in the studio to create it. A process full of stops and starts reconfirmed for me the need for creation in my life. Sharing with an audience is a crucial step in the life cycle of a dance work. A step that I am excited to practice again.”
About the dances
Delicate Power examines the different ways in which we give up, share or exercise power as individuals and within communities. The work subverts expectations of power by asking: what does power look like without the need for domination? How is power revealed or embodied when it is innate and not relentless? What is power rooted in respect? Power without ego? The movement and intricate structures of the design convey the strength of softness, the power of empathetic exchange, the resilience forged in reflection, and the propulsion born of trust. Delicate Power is a forceless command inquiry. This dance features an original score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and musician Caroline Shaw, with dramaturgy by Melanie George and costumes by Quinn Czejkowski.
DARLING explores vulnerability and intimacy through the presence and absence of touch. More than romance, how does touch inform the relationship? This work suggests and supports alternative views on gender and sexuality. It exposes viewers’ own biases towards the perceived power and strength of the people on stage. Rooted in form, the movement is created with respect for its lineage, but subverts traditional ways of being within the dance partnership by offering new ones. This dance features an original score by composer Mary Kouyoumdjian, with dramaturgy by Melanie George and costumes by Quinn Czejkowski.
Untitled Duet features famous dancers Connie Shiau and Jesse Obremski with music by Sarah Kirkland Snider and costume design by Victoria Bek.
About Hélène Simoneau
Helen Simoneau is a choreographer, teacher and Guggenheim Fellow (2021). Described as “a rising choreographer” with a style that is both “athletic and fluid” – Dance Magazine. Simoneau has been commissioned by The Ailey School, BalletX, The Juilliard School, Oregon Ballet Theatre, The American Dance Festival, and colleges, dance companies, and festivals across the United States and Canada. She has been artist-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYU/Tisch, Bates Dance Festival, University at Buffalo, and a member of the NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts, Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab, and the Bogliasco Foundation. She won first place for choreography at the 13th Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theatre Festival in Stuttgart, Germany, and is currently a choreographer at New York City Center. Simoneau is from Luceville, a small village in eastern Quebec. For more information, visit helensimoneau.org.