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Helen Simoneau

Winston-Salem, NC            

Helen Simoneau is a native of Rimouski, Québec and artistic director of Helen Simoneau Danse. Based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina since 2004 and a U.S. citizen since 2010, she has received commissions from the American Dance Festival, the Bessie Schönberg Residency at The Yard, Springboard Danse Montréal, and the Swiss International Coaching Project in Zurich. Most recently, Simoneau received a new work commission from Juilliard for their New Dances 2015 program which will be presented this November at Guggenheim Works & Process and in December at Lincoln Center. Simoneau was a resident artist at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in NYC and Bates Dance Festival in Maine and has received fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation and the North Carolina Arts Council. Her solo, THE GENTLENESS WAS IN HER HANDS won The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: NYC and was awarded 1st Place for Choreography at the 13th Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theater 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.

Helen Simoneau Danse has toured throughout the United States, including notable New York City venues such as Danspace Project’s DraftWork, Movement Research at Judson Church, The Flea Theater, and NuDance Festival at Riverside Theater. The company performed in NYC during a Spring 2014 season at the BAM Fisher. Simoneau’s work has been presented twice at Joyce SoHo in 2012 and 2009 as well as in the Joyce SoHo Presents Series in 2006. Internationally, Helen Simoneau Danse has toured to Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and throughout Germany. In 2013, Tangente presented CHAIN SUITE in a 9-performance tour of Montréal, Tokyo, and Busan, South Korea, marking the company’s debut in Asia.

Simoneau has served on faculty at the American Dance Festival, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, University of North Carolina Greensboro, and as full-time guest faculty at Hollins University. She holds a BFA from The North Carolina School of the Arts and an MFA from Hollins University.