Shana Simmons Dance firmly believes in the collaborative process to enhance current artistry, challenge new ways of creating, and pushing the boundaries of relationships forward. We want to make good art. Art that connects to people, art that causes a reaction in people, and art that people can understand. Collaborations are a way to cross artistic boundaries while working together.
Shana Simmons Dance has collaborated with The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (E.L.C.O.) on three occasions to build new audiences and perform in nontraditional settings. Their fourth collaboration was presented twice in Spring 2014 as part of the first ever Pittsburgh Fringe Festival and The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.
A Study Of Images In Time and Space (2011)
Relative Positions Main Stage (2012)
We Sing The Body Eclectic (2014)
SSD's first collaboration was with Artmongers, an artistic company focusing on community murals and led by Patricio Forester. The company’s first two projects involved a site specific Tea Party for the local Deptford community, next to Greenwich, and a Hospital Project for the newly revamped children’s hospital wing at St Thomas’s Hospital, located in London proper. Both performance events utilized the sites in creative and entertaining ways, engaging the audience into the performance and encouraging dance as an accessible and fun form of expression. The goals of both of these performances were to bring new life into places that otherwise seem desolate or scary.