DEPARTMENT OF DRAMA’S DANCE PROGRAM TAKES “FLIGHT”
The Department of Drama’s Dance Program recently hosted internationally renowned dancer and choreographer Helen Simoneau. The Quebec native re-staged her work “Flight Distance II,” originally performed with her company Helen Simoneau Danse, with eight UVa dancers. “The dance students at UVa are so receptive and attentive that we delved right into the core of the piece, its intention, and the subtle performance choices needed for this work to come to life,” Simoneau said, “It is very satisfying to see their commitment to embodying the work and remaining present, connected to each other, throughout the process.” Simoneau has received commissions from the American Dance Festival, the Bessie Schönberg Residency at The Yard, Springboard Danse Montréal, and the Swiss International Coaching Project (SiWiC) in Zurich. She 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 from the North Carolina Arts Council.