Born 1967, 1969, 1971
Co-Directors David Brick, Andrew Simonet and Amy Smith founded Headlong Dance Theater in 1993. Over the years, Headlong has created over 35 dances, many of which are known for their witty take on contemporary culture. Headlong has performed nationally and internationally to a range of audiences, and their work—informed by a deep commitment to collaboration, humor, and formal experimentation—has won many fans and much acclaim. Their work includes Hotel Pool, a dance theater work performed in and around a hotel swimming pool which traveled to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Oregon. You Are So Beautiful *was a culmination of a six-week residency where they collaborated with Arrow Dance Communication in Kyoto, Japan. In 2000 and 2001, *Pusher *was premiered at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, a performance sold on the street like drugs where buyers navigate the maze-like transaction and are then rewarded with a 10-minute dance theater piece. They won a Bessie for choreography, New York Dance, and Performance Awards in 1999 for *STR WRS and Other Stories, a retelling of the movie and of growing up in the 1970s, the first Philadelphia company to ever receive a Bessie for choreography. CELL, 2006, was a performance journey for one audience member at a time. A dispatcher led the audience member on a mission through city streets and abandoned buildings. Brick, Simonet and Smith received their B.A. degrees from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.