Award-winning choreographer Helen Simoneau, a 2010 North Carolina Arts Council artist fellowship recipient, will launch the seventh season of Helen Simoneau Danse March 16 to 18 in Winston-Salem.
Scheduled at the Hanesbrands Theatre, the evening of dance will include the world premieres of OBJECT LOOP and (Untitled Duet), and the restaged 2009 work Flight Distance I. Featuring a cast of seven dancers, a live musician, and visual artist, the 7th Company Season will present three visually-striking works that explore human connection, interaction, and conversations across disciplines.
Expanding upon the successful Phuzz Phest 2016 collaboration between Simoneau and ‘Must Be The Holy Ghost,’ comprised of guitarist Jared Draughon and visual artist Evan Hawkins, OBJECT LOOP integrates dance performance, live music, and projection artistry in a raw-yet-sophisticated investigation of repetition and reverberation.
After Phuzz Phest, “we wanted to explore the possibilities of what we could do on a larger scale,” says Simoneau. In this rendition, Hawkins will “project vibrant, morphing light onto the dancers,” while Draughon will “help create a mood that encourages interesting dance spacing and patterns as I loop and layer music,” says Draughon. OBJECT LOOP, a piece for six dancers, will echo recurring themes of call-and-response between physical bodies and artistic mediums.
The second world premiere of the 7th Company Season (Untitled Duet) will feature soft movement with warm and gentle partnering. This work reveals a more mellow relationship to balance the sharp, edgy, and combative choreography of the preceding work of the evening, Flight Distance I.
After premiering in 2009 at Joyce SoHo, Flight Distance I was performed as one of Helen Simoneau Danse’s first works at Hanesbrands Theatre in 2010.
“This piece speaks to my initial interests in terms of human dynamics,” says Simoneau. The early work’s physicality is a trademark of Simoneau’s choreographic style, noted Indy Week in 2009, “with recognition, and approval the increasing complexity and curiosity in her choreography.” Originally a quintet, the 2017 restaging of Flight Distance I will be for seven dancers.
Tickets may be purchased online, by phone, or at the box office. Prices range from $14 to $40. A $12 student rush will be available for each night of the performance. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at http://www.rhodesartscenter.org/helen-simoneau-danse/, (336) 747-1414, or at the box office Tuesday through Friday 1 to 5 p.m. For more information visit http://helensimoneau.com/.
Simoneau talks about her life as a choreographer in North Carolina in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgE8lnFILag that also documents other artist who have received a N.C. Arts Council’s Fellowship.
Helen Simoneau Danse, an energetic dance company exploring new forms of expression in contemporary dance, is among the many contemporary dance companies and choreographers that flourish across North Carolina.