Choreography XX is Oregon Ballet Theatre’s newly-launched competition promoting original work created by North American female choreographers.
After considering almost 90 very qualified applicants during the submission period, our panel has chosen the three winners: Gioconda
Barbuto, Helen Simoneau, and Nicole Haskins. “We were thrilled with the incredible response to this competition,” comments OBT Artistic Director Kevin Irving, who headed the selection panel. “With such a wealth of talent we couldn’t have dreamed up a better mix of choreographic voices than we have in Barbuto, Simoneau, and Haskins.”
Gioconda Barbuto – a Canadian resident of Italian descent – was a soloist with Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, where she danced for 16 years, distinguishing herself in ballets by a range of choreographers including George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Michel Fokine, José Limon, and Jiri Kylián – for whom she later danced in NDT3.
Southern Californian native Nicole Haskins currently dances with the Smuin Ballet, for which she has also created several works in addition to commissions for the Sacramento Ballet and Richmond Ballet. Her interest in choreography began early, setting small pieces for fellow dancers in her hometown studio.
A native of Québec, Helen Simoneau is the artistic director of Helen Simoneau Danse, a small company that performs annually in Winston-Salem (NC) as well as nationally and internationally. Simoneau has been commissioned by The Juilliard School, the American Dance Festival, The Yard, Springboard Danse Montréal, and the Swiss International Coaching Project (SiWiC) in Zurich. She is a Bogliasco Fellow, was a Baryshnikov Arts Center resident artist, and won 1st Place for Choreography at the 13th Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany.
All three winners will create a new ballet on the Oregon Ballet Theatre company to be presented as a free performance in Portland, OR on June 29 & 30, 2017. Stay tuned for updates this season as we work with these choreographers to bring you their new work.
Read more about the Choreography XX winners in the full press release here.
Choreography XX is made possible by support from the Oregon Community Foundation Creative Heights Program.