DANCE NEWS: Congratulations, Helen Simoneau, On Receiving a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship
The Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship to choreographer Helen Simoneau, who serves as artistic director of Helen Simoneau Dance. Chosen through a rigorous peer-review process from almost 3,000 applicants, Simoneau is part of a diverse group of 184 artists, writers, scholars, and scientists in this year’s fellowship class.
Originally from Rimouski, Quebec, Simoneau has been described as “a Choreographer-on-the-rise” by Dance Magazine and creates work that exists at the intersection of intent and impact. Simoneau’s work has been presented around the world, from Greece to Germany, and she has been commissioned by various institutions, including The Juilliard School, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and the American Dance Festival. Upcoming projects include a commission for BalletX and a new piece for Helen Simoneau Danse titled Delicate Power. Delicate Power begins in-person rehearsals in August 2021.
Created in 1925 by Senator Simon and Olga Guggenheim in memory of their son John Simon Guggenheim, the Foundation has offered fellowships to exceptional individuals in pursuit of scholarship in any field of knowledge and creation in any art form, under the freest possible conditions.
“This is a huge recognition of my cumulative career, and it feels incredible,” said Simoneau. “I am so honored and grateful. My gratitude goes out to all my past and present Collaborators, Board Members, and Supporters.”
“I am thrilled to announce this new group of Guggenheim Fellows,” said Edward Hirsch, President of the Foundation, “especially since this has been a devastating year in so many ways. A Guggenheim Fellowship has always been meaningful, but this year we know it will be a lifeline for many of the new Fellows at a time of great hardship, a survival tool as well as a creative one. The work supported by the Fellowship will help us understand more deeply what we are enduring individually and collectively, and it is an honor for the Foundation to help the Fellows do what they were meant to do.”