Movements of Motherhood

Sunday, May 13 from 1:30-3:30 pm

Celebrate Mother’s Day with an afternoon of dessert provided by Village Inn and world-class dance!

Helen Hansen French presents a screening of her dance film, WITHIN THE BOUNDING LINE, and then performs live in “Songs without Words,” an improvisational multi-disciplinary experience originally presented at the Museum of Fine Arts in which photographs are projected and pianist Frank Wells improvises music based on the pictures, and dancers Helen Hansen French and Jessica Ruddock improvise dance based on the music.

Helen Hansen French is a native of St. Petersburg who received her BFA from The Juilliard School. Upon graduation she was invited to join Buglisi Dance Theatre. In addition to BDT’s annual New York City seasons she has toured nationally and internationally performing in such venues as the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Chautauqua Dance Festival, Vail International Dance Festival, Rishon LeZion International Festival in Israel, and the Oriente Occidente Festival in Rovereto, Italy.   Mrs. French has also been a member of Karen Reedy Dance and had the pleasure of performing with Nilas Martins’ Dance Company, participating in a residency at White Oak Dance working with choreographer Adam Hougland, and performing in the Guggenheim’s Works/Process program with Brian Reeder and Pam Tanowitz. She has been awarded a 2015, 2016 and 2017 Individual Artist Grant from the City of St. Petersburg and she is also a 2016 Creative Pinellas Artist Fellow. Her work has been shown at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Clark Studio Theater, Kaatsbaan, [email protected], and The Palladium, which has hosted her performance series for St. Pete, BEACON, for the past three years. She is a founding member of the St. Petersburg Dance Alliance, spdancealliance.com.

“I consider dance a language that allows me to fully connect with my spirituality and humanity. The act of physically embodying emotions through the art of dance challenges me, humbles me, and teaches me empathy and compassion for myself and others. Through the practice and teaching of dance I can celebrate the diversity, uniqueness, and beauty of my fellow man.”

Helen Hansen French, Dancer / Choreographer
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