Joseph Lau is an artist working in dance, theatre & interdisciplinary practices.
In making work Joseph is interested in the political, how to create meaning and connection with audiences & the visceral.
As part of his practice Joseph works on artist-led initiatives & in arts entrepreneurship to further empower art making and change.
Joseph’s choreographic work centres around three areas of investigation, these being: memory, design of the expressive body & of space and the political.
Joseph has developed and grown from working and shifting between these three areas. They have fed and influenced each other considerably and have drawn Joseph towards searching for surrealist and absurdist images and symbols in his work to achieve a sense of visual poetry.
Joseph's desire is to make challenging, thoughtful & engaging work that the creative team, partners, programmers and audience may invest deeply in.
Joseph identifies as being born a migrant: being born in Singapore but of Malaysian citizenship to Chinese Malaysian parents, then migrating to Papua New Guinea before arriving in Australia in his youth and then as an adult finding his way to the UK.
Joseph's work has been commissioned by ‘Dance Channels’ an EU Creative Europe funded collaboration, Moving Dance Forward (Dance Manchester and MDI in partnership with the Unity Theatre, Contact, The Lowry and University of Salford), University of Salford and was the 2010 TURN Prize winner.
Joseph's choreographic portfolio also includes: works as part of the new movement and dance collective Out of the Blue Productions in partnership with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and eu-art-network, ATOM Choreographic Series #3 (BG), 'Deeper Than All Roses' for the FascinatE (University of Salford, BBC, Technicolour & EU partners) and other independent initiatives.
Joseph has performed with Opera Queensland, Buzz Dance Theatre, Dance North (now Dancenorth Australia), Willi Dorner, imitating the dog, Bridget Fiske, and Barking Gecko Theatre Company. As an active and inquisitive maker Joseph has also created and performed solo works that are both physically and emotionally demanding including 'The Age Of Ledger'.
Joseph has an extensive history facilitating in education, community and professional training contexts. Since 2011 Joseph has been a sessional lecturer at University of Salford. Joseph has also worked on acclaimed grassroots youth dance projects such as STRIDE a dance project for young men in Greater Manchester realised via a partnership between Company Chameleon and Dance Manchester, amongst many other projects and engagements.
Prior to studying dance (Bachelor of Arts: Dance (Performance) at Queensland University of Technology), Joseph completed a Bachelor of Commerce at University of Queensland and qualified as an Chartered Accountant Australia New Zealand. This dual knowledge has supported Joseph to take on roles in arts & cultural leadership and spearhead artist led initiatives. Roles include: current, hAb (Advisory Committee Member) and Manchester Dance Consortium (Strategic Group Member), and previous roles with Company Chameleon (Board Member), Ausdance Queensland (Treasurer), Critical Mass - Brisbane artist led initiative (Committee Member) and Expressions Dance Company (Treasurer).
Works & Projects
Photographers work who appears on this site: Manuel Ballestin, SBeausy Photography www.stephbeausaert.com, Victor Isabel Bueno, Photo Corps (courtesy of ATOM Theatre), Tamsin Drury, Katarzyna Jablonska, Joseph Lau, Brian Slater and Sammie Williams