Helen Simard is a choreographer who has been working since 2000 in Tiohtiá:ke/Montréal. After working with Solid State Breakdance for twelve years, an artist collective that combined street and
contemporary dance, and participating in the creation of nine shows, she switched gears in 2012 to lead her own artistic projects. Helen Simard collaborates with musicians and dancers to create
raw, visceral interdisciplinary shows. She uses the codes and aesthetics of rock music, creating lively, interactive, performances that challenge the conventions of stage dance forms. For 6
years, her research was focused on the icon of American punk rock, Iggy Pop. Inspired by the music, persona, and cathartic dances of this legendary performer, she created a hallucinatory trilogy
of works — No Fun (2014), Idiot (2017), and Requiem Pop (2019). In November 2020, she presented her latest creation, Papillon, live streamed from La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, and in
co-production with Danse-Cité. Helen is currently artist in residence at Playwrights's Workshop Montréal for the 2019-2021 season, through their interdisciplinary writers lab. She is using this
opportunity to write her first play, When Your Baby Dies. A graduate of the BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University (2000), Helen Simard also holds a MA in Dance from UQAM (2014). In
2019, she founded the company We All Fall Down Interdisciplinary Creations with composer Roger White.