Becky Beaullieu Valls is an independent choreographer in Houston. She currently is working on a multi-media performance series with her sister/sculptor, Babette Beaullieu of New Orleans, and film-maker, Deborah Schildt of Alaska, titled Memoirs of the Sistahood, which is a non-linear narrative centered on her large Catholic family from Louisiana. Chapter One of the series premiered at Diverse Works Houston (2007) and was performed in New Orleans (2009) at the Contemporary Arts Center through a National Performance Network Residency. Chapter Two: House premiered in Houston in 2009 and Chapter Three: Ave Maria was performed in Houston (2011) and New Orleans (2012) through a Houston Arts Alliance grant and University of Houston grant.
Most recently, she was a guest choreographer for Core Performance Company in Atlanta and created a new work titled Web. In the last two years, her solo Red Square was performed at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Tempe Performing Arts Center in Tempe, Arizona, the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival in Chicago, and WestFest Dance Festival in New York City.
In Louisiana, Valls served as Company Director for Moving South Dance Company where her choreography was funded by numerous state grants and performed in New Orleans, Houston, Washington D.C. and France. Since residing in Texas, Valls' choreography has been presented by Diverse Works, Big Range Dance Festival, Chrysalis Dance Company, JCC Dance Month, Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance at Miller Outdoor Theatre (4x), San Jacinto College, and Rice University where she served as director of the dance program and Rice Dance Theatre.
As a Teaching Artist for 23 years, Valls designs movement lessons with cross curricular links for elementary schools. She is the director and choreographer of Becky Valls and Company, a performing group with Young Audiences of Houston, that integrates dance and science through performance. Her dance programs are Dance of the Insects, For the Birds, and Under the Sea.
Valls is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Houston where she recieved the prestigious Ross M. Lence Teaching Award in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in 2013. She holds a Masters’ of Fine Arts in Choreography from Sarah Lawrence College in New York where her choreography was adjudicated and selected by the American College Dance Festival for the national concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Memoirs of the Sistahood Chapter 4: Private Property
Contemporary Art Center
August 3, 2013
Becky Beaullieu Valls
New Orleans, Louisiana