Joseph is an independent artist in dance and theatre working as a performer, choreographer and facilitator.
Joseph also works in areas of artist led development
and arts entrepreneurship.
Joseph's career spans Australia, the UK & Europe.
Joseph’s choreographic work centres around 3 areas of investigation being:
Design of the Expressive Body & of Space
Joseph has developed and grown from working and shifting between these three areas. They have fed and influenced each other considerably and has drawn Joseph towards searching for surrealist and absurdist images and symbols in his work to achieve a sense of visual poetry. His desire is to make challenging, thoughtful & engaging work that the creative team, partners, programmers and audience may invest deeply in. The range of movement utilised is broad from the everyday to the athletic and risky.
Joseph has performed with various Australian and UK companies, choreographers and collectives in both dance and theatrical roles including with Opera Queensland, Buzz Dance Theatre, Dance North, Willi Dorner 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.
Training & Education
Joseph's life moving started with Karate as a teenage.
In 1998 Joseph completed the Bachelor of Arts (Dance - Performance) at Queensland University of Technology.
Since then Joseph has continued to train in various contemporary dance techniques and ballet. He has spent much time training in martial arts (Capoeira / Taekwondo) as well as various body conditioning methods. Alongside training in physical techniques Joseph has invested in training with an acting coach and in physical theatre methods such as Suzuki & Viewpoints.
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, amongst many other projects and engagements.
LEADERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
Prior to studying dance, Joseph completed a Bachelor of Commerce at University of Queensland and qualified as an Australian Chartered Accountant. This dual knowledge has supported Joseph to take on roles in arts & cultural leadership and spearhead artist led initiatives. Roles include:
(Advisory Committee Member)
Manchester Dance Consortium
(Strategic Group Member)
Critical Mass - Brisbane artist led initiative
Expressions Dance Company
WORKS / PORTFOLIO
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Joseph regularly runs public classes and workshops for new and experienced adult movers in locations in central and south Manchester where he is currently based
These sessions draw upon various contemporary dance and contact improvisations approaches.
The sessions focus upon:
discovering and deepening an understanding of the body in alignment when in motion,
developing overall body strength,
finding ways to move that are connected and efficient through the use of momentum and energy,
being sensitive and playful in relation to self and others, and
ways of moving in through and out of the floor.
Dystopian physical theatre work exploring the psychological & social impact of money Available for Tour
3 friends moving through birthdays, memory and time - a micro meditation on ‘living’ Available for Tour
Drawing Dance & Dancing Drawings - a moving collaboration with fine arts Available for Tour & Workshop
Collaboration of new music and dance for site and spaces - with Bridget Fiske & Gavin Wayte
Victor Isabel Bueno