Joseph Simon (France, 1989) got in touch with dancing trough ‘breakdance’. His wide interest led him to explore practices as gymnastics, tricking as well as some basic modern-jazz and ballet. In 2014, he graduated from the ArtEZ School of Dance, Arnhem. Throughout his education, he kept on investigating the relationship between urban and contemporary forms of movement. This ongoing exploration has led him to work with Alida Dors, Jochen Heckmann, Erik Kaiel and Jean-Guillaume Weis and inspires his work as a maker. His collaboration with Dansateliers was established in 2015. Under the umbrella of Dansateliers he developed the concept for Essais sur la danse classique, created the piece Allegory of a night as part of One Night’s Dance 2015, the solo Third Culture Kid (2016) and Infinite Games (2017) together with Jonas Frey.
Dansateliers produced Simon’s first short dance-film Le Faune in 2018 as part of Ballet Fantasties. In this series he connects the traditional world of ballet with personal fascinations and experience and gives the dance-form a new twist.
“The way he merges classical dance and break dance is fabulous. Light, superior and with humor, he moves across the dance floor. […] Simon plays with his own identity. His different roots make him inventive, creative and refreshingly curious.” Maarten Baanders, 2017, Cultureel Persbureau