A native of Québec, Canada, Helen Simoneau 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. 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 International Dance Festival (Greece).
Simoneau founded Helen Simoneau Danse (HSDanse) in 2010. Dance Magazine described Simoneau as “a choreographer-on-the-rise with a style that is both athletic and smooth."
Simoneau came to NCCAkron in September 2017 for the inaugural Dancing Lab residency. She, along with Kimberly Bartosik (Brooklyn, NY) and Kate Wallich (Seattle, WA), were selected from a pool of nearly 50 female choreographers to come explore, experiment, and dialogue with one another and artists from Los Angeles-based BODYTRAFFIC. In addition, Simoneau and HSDanse, with the guidance of NCCAkron director Christy Bolingbroke, hosted a grantwriting internship for a UAkron graduate student.
Dancing Lab: Female Choreographers (2017)