The mission of Shana Simmons Dance is to create performance and dance work that takes inspiration from the immediate world in which we are living, providing audiences with a unique perspective on society and relationships.
Shana Simmons Dance (SSD) was founded in 2009 by Artistic Director Shana Simmons to create unique and engaging contemporary dance. Since its founding, Simmons has used dance as a means to express other people’s opinions as well as her own: to interpret and create. She takes inspiration from the immediate world in which we are living, and her choreographic expressions are created from the ways in which our society is changing, the need for intimate connections to people and objects, and providing the viewer a unique perspective, if not participatory action. The result for the viewer is an emotional reaction or a thought process about the work.
SSD projects aim to draw audiences into modern dance in new and creative ways and highlight current societal topics for project based work. These projects forward communities by creating thoughtful performances and inspiring lives through dance and artistic vision. SSD firmly believes in supporting artistic growth within its company members by encouraged development of their own voices.
Shana Simmons Dance officially received their non-profit status in February of 2017.
The Missing Peace features three Pittsburgh based choreographers (Jamie Erin Murphy, Brady Sanders, Shana Simmons) all tackling three separate social issues: Alzheimers Disease, depression/suicide, and self identity. Our goal is to bring together people that might be struggling with these issues and install a sense of hope to them while raising awareness to outsiders about these issues through dance. We believe these are all too common in our society today and artistic performances can bring so much more connection and feeling to audiences than just words.
This project is supported by the Heinz Small Arts Initiative.
When: March 2-March 11, 2018
937 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
Tickets: Coming Soon
WORKS IN PROGRESS SHOWING:
Open company class, open rehearsals for viewing and a formal works in progress showing all wrapped into a winter intensive! Be a part of the creative process and give us your feedback!
PERFORMANCE: THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 6:30PM
THE HOPE SERIES: FOR THE MISSING PEACE
The HOPE Series fundraising proceeds will make The Missing Peace possible by going directly towards performer fees, production costs, and video documentary fees.