The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center presents “Helen Simoneau Dance: Delicate Power”

Guggenheim Fellow 2021, Helen Simoneau’s production is the company’s Miami premiere.

With an exploration of power, vulnerability and intimacy, Helen Simoneau Dance: Delicate Power comes to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) on Friday, August 5 at 8:30 p.m.; Saturday August 6 at 8.30 p.m.; and Sunday August 7 at 3:30 p.m.

delicate power is an ensemble work, with an architectural composition that layers multiple groups of dancers entering, passing and exiting, connecting with the audience through an exploration of power and opposing feelings, movements and tableaux. Simoneau’s work examines relationships – yielding, exercising or sharing control – and explores the question: “What does power look like without the need for domination?

“We are thrilled to welcome Guggenheim Scholar Helen Simoneau and her dancers to Miami. Audiences recently witnessed Helen’s choreography with her intimacy, agency and sexuality as guest choreographer for Dimensions Dance Theater Miami This production marks the company’s first in Miami,” said Eric Fliss, general manager of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.

delicate power and Babe, an excerpt from Simoneau’s evening work DARLING, focus on relationships, and offer a compelling exploration of identity, strength and power dynamics – and dance as a whole.

Described as “decidedly in the present…and beyond,” the play features an original score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and musician Caroline Shaw, with dramaturgy by Melanie George and costumes by Quinn Czejkowski. Incorporated into the evening’s program is babyan excerpt from Simoneau’s evening work, DEAR, which explores intimacy, vulnerability and touch in all relationships.

Helen Simoneau is a 2021 Guggenheim Scholar and was named an “up-and-coming choreographer” with a style that is both “athletic and fluid” by dance review. This summer, Simoneau’s series was paired with an intimate dance talk hosted by the SMDCAC. The July 27 talk featured on the Centre’s Facebook page – and currently still available to viewers – explored themes such as defining gender, feminine strength and individuality with dancers Thryn Saxon and Can Wang. Helen Simoneau also revealed her inspiration and her journey as a contemporary dancer.

This presentation was made possible by South Arts and the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with primary funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

delicate power is recommended for all ages. All patrons entering the theater require a ticket, regardless of age. General admission tickets are available for $35 by visiting SMDCAC.org. Student tickets are available for $10 each and can be redeemed with ID at the SMDCAC box office in person or by phone at (786) 573-5300. For more information, call (786) 573-5300 or visit SMDCAC.org.

About the SMDCAC

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is operated by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with financial support from the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office and County Board of Commissioners. The Center is dedicated to showcasing and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community. For more information about the Center and its programs, visit www.smdcac.org.

It is Miami-Dade County policy to comply with all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible and assistive listening devices are available in the main stage auditorium and Black Box theater space. To request accessible format materials, sign language interpreters, CART, and/or any accommodations to attend an event at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, please contact Stephanie Aponte, 786-573-5314, stephanie.aponte @miamidade.gov, at least five days in advance to initiate your request, TTY users can also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).


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