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Joe Moran (UK, 1977) is a choreographer, dancer and Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation, which he founded in 2000 and through which his performance and curatorial work is produced in collaboration with other agencies. A semi-finalist for The Place Prize 2012, Joe creates bold, daring and distinctive new works that have been presented in theatres, galleries and public spaces in the UK and internationally. As a dancer, Joe has worked with many distinguished choreographers including Deborah Hay (USA), Siobhan Davies (UK), Christopher House (Toronto Dance Theatre) and, most recently, Pontus Pettersson (Sweden).
Joe’s work is informed by his background in improvisation and experimentation that he marries with a fascination with formal choreographic composition and conceptually driven dance. These influences meet in his work through an abiding interest in the fertile tension between the liberated, full-bodied individuality of dancers and the constraints of formal composition.
Joe’s work is also concerned with curation as a choreographic endeavor and he is passionate about knowledge and discourses fostered by dance and its dialogue with other disciplines. He pursues these interests through the curation of other artists’ works in counterpoint to his own, collaborations in visual art, music and film, and leading art programmes in health and business.
Joe is currently touring Forward, three dances for stage and gallery and leading a three-year programme with investment bankers at the Royal Opera House. His most recent work The Modulated Body was commissioned by Ordovas for their exhibition Movement and Gravity: Rodin and Bacon in dialogue, Feb-Apr 2013. He will create a new work for EDge, the postgraduate touring company at London Contemporary Dance School, in 2013/14.
Joe is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. A Semi-Finalist for The Place Prize 2012, Joe's awards include 2011 and 2012 Arts Council England awards, 2010-11 Arts & Humanities Research Council Award, 2009-11 Fund for Excellence Award, 2009 Rebecca Skelton Fund Award, 2005 Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship, 2000 international research award from Arts Council England and four research awards from Chisenhale Dance Space, 2002-2007. Joe has raised over £950,000 for arts projects, which includes an Arts & Business New Partners Award. Joe is currently Chair of Living Words, a member of the Editorial Advisory Council for the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices (Intellect publications) and an Artistic Associate of Tamasha Theatre Company. He was formerly an Artist Council member for Falling Wide Projects (2008-2011), Chair of Mem Morrison Company (2004-2009) and Advisor to the Skinner Releasing Institute (2005).
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Click here to view images, video and writing on Joe's blog from Jerwood Bank 2008 with Siobhan Davies Dance
Photography: Pari Naderi
Courtesy of Siobhan Davies Dance