The Alabama Dance Festival presents
Helen Simoneau Danse
January 22, 2023
Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center
Delicate Power examines the different ways we yield, share or exert power as individuals and within communities. The work subverts expectations of power by asking: What does power look like without the need for dominance? How is power revealed or embodied when innate and not hard-fought? What is power rooted in respect? Power without ego? Movement and intricate structures of design convey the strength within softness, the potency of empathetic exchange, resilience forged in reflection, and propulsion stemming from confidence and trust. Delicate Power is an investigation of command without force.
This dance features an original score by Pulitzer prize-winning composer and musician Caroline Shaw, with dramaturgy by Melanie George and costume design by Quinn Czejkowski. It premiered at the American Dance Festival in June 2022.
Photo: Olly Yung with direction by Eli Gray
Helen Simoneau, Artistic Director & Choreographer
Helen Simoneau is a choreographer, teacher and Guggenheim Fellow (2021). She has been commissioned by the Ailey School, BalletX, The Juilliard School, Oregon Ballet Theatre, the American Dance Festival, and colleges, dance companies and festivals throughout the US, Canada, and Switzerland. She was a resident artist at Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYU/Tisch, Bates Dance Festival, The University of Buffalo, and a fellow of The NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts, the Bogliasco Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council. Simoneau’s work has been presented at The Guggenheim Museum, Dance Place, Joyce SoHo, Tangente (Canada), Dance Stages Shanghai Dance Festival (China), The Aoyama Round Theatre (Japan), the L.I.G. Art Hall Busan (South Korea), Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, PACT-Zollverein in Essen (Germany), Athens International Dance Festival (Greece), and the 13th Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theatre Festival in Stuttgart, Germany, where she was awarded first place for Choreography. She was recently a Choreographic Fellow at Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab and is a current Choreography Fellow at New York City Center. Simoneau is originally from rural Québec.