Helen Simard

Editorial Advisory Committee, Contributor

Helen Simard is a Montréal-based choreographer, rehearsal director, and dance researcher. After working with Solid State Breakdance for twelve years, an artist collective that combined street and contemporary dance, she switched gears in 2012 to lead her own artistic projects. Her current choreographic research explores the codes and aesthetics of rock music, creating lively, interactive, performances that challenge the conventions of stage dance forms: her most recent work, REQUIEM POP, premiered at Agora de la danse in April 2019. She is currently writing her first play, when your baby dies. Helen holds a BFA (2000) and MA (2014) in contemporary dance.

Helen Simard's Work


Moving Bodies

How does the centrality of bodily experience affect interdisciplinarity in dance? By Helen Simard

It is perhaps the presence of the body – and a desire to express one’s self through and from the body – that continues to define dance as an art form.


Moving Beyond the Pas-de-Deux

Four Montréal-based dance artists discuss gender in contemporary dance By Helen Simard

Helen Simard discusses issues of gender in contemporary dance with four Montréal-based dance artists.

Moving Bodies

Special feature on interdisciplinarity: Part 2 By Helen Simard

How does the centrality of bodily experience affect interdisciplinarity in dance?

The Inner Beat

Cai Glover of Cas Public By Helen Simard

Cai Glover, a dancer with Montréal’s Cas Public who is hard of hearing, finds new strength and creativity by embracing his identity as a dancer with a disability.

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