Archive for May, 2010


“Excruciatingly accurate and hysterically funny…audience members were literally weeping with laughter.”

“Incredibly funny, intelligent, charming and amazing… Simons instinctively understands timing, surprise, and humour – he is a kind of magician!”
- Anna Volkland,

(Joseph’s) choreography snaps you back to attention…clever and comical’
- Drum Media Magazine

“The delivery was flawless, and proved to be a crowd favourite.”
- The West Australian



Created with Know Studio, this short film was created in a beautiful little Melbourne alleyway with completely undesigned lighting.

First Things First

Work In Progress showing – Berlin, Aug 2013

Created with the support of the Tanja Liedtke Foundation, First Things First is about first experiences, and the transition between the unfamiliar to the familiar. This footage was taken at the work-in-progress showing in Berlin, Germany.

On A Leash


This collaboration with the always-amazing students Dubbo Ballet Studio was designed as an extension of an idea originally workshopped with Emma Sandall, Dog and Bird. (See further down this page for a video of that development) As well as working with the concept of dogs on leashes, I was also keen to play with the geometry of the stage space itself.


Official music video – Elisha Bones

My collaboration with Elisha Bones choreographing and performing in their music video for their new single Guts was shot in London. With lighting and cinematography by Konstantin Kochkin, and of course incredible music by Australian band Elisha Bones, this ‘short film’ music video was released with the album in July 2013.


Short Dance Film – 2013

Collaborating with Quindell Orton is one of my favourite past-times, so when the opportunity to meet up in London showed itself, we both jumped at the chance to make this short film. Inspired by Instagram, the film explores the phenomenon of tourists visiting famous landmarks, simply to take a photo to prove they were there.

It’s Awesome ‘Cos It’s Backwards

Studio Dance Film – 2013

This choreography was created specifically to be filmed and reversed. It was created as a study of backwards movement. Yep that’s about it. But it’s awesome…

Dog And Bird

Work-in-development 2013

Inspired by the idea of humans ‘owning’ animals, and caging wild creatures, this fun little scene is the beginning of a new work, currently with the working title of Dog and Bird. Mixing some existing choreography of mine to some new moves, this duo is great fun.

Elegant People


Created for Dubbo Ballet Studio, Elegant People is a charming tale of a group of sweet young men and women…who each just want the stage to themselves.

This piece was the winner of the open age contemporary dance section at the Sydney Eisteddfod in 2012, and was invited to be performed at the Sydney Opera House as the finale for the Ballet Scholarship finals.

Costume design: Anna Bloomfield and Lyndal Dess

Not On My Watch


Not On My Watch had its world Premiere in February 2012 at the Perth Fringe Festival.

Joseph Simons is a young man with a dream. Its one of those dreams where you wake up gasping for air, then remember where you are, roll your eyes and go back to sleep.

Enter the bizarre, absurd world of Joseph’s brain.

Strap yourself in, it’s gonna get silly.



Fierce. Intense. Beautiful.

An exploration of animal and human attractiveness.

Jet Set


Created for Dubbo Ballet Studio, and inspired by Catch Me If You Can the musical, Jet Set is a feel good entertaining piece designed to get your toes tapping.

Costume design: Anna Bloomfield and Lyndal Dess

Please Hold


I first wrote the script for Please Hold in 2004 in high-school. I then made it a dance piece in 2007, where I spoke the dialogue live and danced between each paragraph. But this became tricky as the piece went on and found it hard to catch my breath while still talking! So this re-developed version includes my dialogue as a voice over, and the choreography has been fleshed out.

As the calm voice reminds you, “This call is important to us…though probably not as important as it is to you.”
Trying to navigate through the frustrating maze of telephone voice-activated response systems is a waiting game many of us would rather not play.



Don’t hang-glide over the volcano.

Don’t pretend to be a doctor.

Don’t put your nephew in the microwave.

So many rules inform our lives…and they’re sucking the fun out of it.

Don’t was created for the extremely talented students of Dubbo Ballet Studio, and has been performed all over New South Wales.

Costume design: Anna Bloomfield and Lyndal Dess

Up The Wall


Up The Wall was created as a tounge-in-cheek duo for one male and one female dancer.

Presented partly as a cheesy infomercial, and partly as a cheery children’s television show, Up The Wall sees its two performers instruct the audience on how to view contemporary dance and guide them through “what it takes to be a good audience member”.

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A Few Moments Of Your Time


Inspired by a letter to the editor complaining about salespeople who insult their customers, A Few Moments Of Your Time is a cheeky look at the precarious balance between offending someone and wanting them to like you at the same time.

Invade…Interrogate…Annoy…And don’t forget to smile!

Self Destruct


This script was something I wrote on a plane while sitting in the emergency seat. I had just received the “Are you willing and able to help in the case of emergency…and you’ve read all your extra instructions?” speech. To which I simply nodded and said “Yes.” During the flight I thought to myself ‘Gee, I hope we don’t have an emergency, because I have no idea what I’m supposed to do!’

A cheerful flight attendant delivers impossible instructions that you are expected to be familiar with. Don’t understand? Well, it’s your own fault.

A Beat Behind


A Beat Behind is pure jazzercise silliness performed within an inch of its life by Dubbo Ballet Studio. Inspired by the wonderful music of The Goodbye Girl, written by Marvin Hamlisch, and with hysterical lyrics by David Zippel.

Mix and Match


This work was created using eight fantastic dancers from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). The energy they brought to each rehearsal and performance made this process such a delightful experience. And they were so willing to poke a little fun at themselves.

Dating. It’s what single people do. They try people on and see how they fit.

*This video is a 1.5 minute trailer. The full work runs for approximately 14 minutes.


|Bedroom Dancing|2006|
|Please Hold|2007|
|I Can’t Wait|2007|
|Getting Through|2007|
|Mix and Match|2008|
|Self Destruct|2009|
|A Few Moments Of Your Time|2009|
|Man Alive|2009|
|Please Hold (re-developed)|2010|
|Up The Wall|2010|
|A Beat Behind|2011|
|Not On My Watch|2012|
|Jet Set|2012|
|Elegant People|2012|
|Transylvania Mania|2013|
|On A Leash|2013|
|First Things First|(2013)|
|Hollywood Hills|2013|
|Familiar Strangers|2014|


Joseph has just premiered his full-length solo show, First Things First.
View the trailer here.

Born in Dubbo, Australia, Joseph began his training with Dubbo Ballet Studio and The Australian Ballet School interstate program, before graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2008.

Joseph was recognised as Dance Australia Magazine’s 2007 “Dancer to Watch’ and in 2009, won the West Australian Dance award for Outstanding Emerging Artist. He was awarded the prestigious 2013 Tanja Liedtke Fellowship, allowing him to travel to Germany to further his choreographic development.

As a dancer, Joseph has toured Australia, UK, Asia and USA with Chunky Move (Connected, I Like This) and Lucy Guerin Inc. (Untrained, Structure and Sadness), as well as the Force Majeure ‘Culminate’ series (Be Prepared, I Will Have Beautiful People at My Funeral Too and Everything Appears Normal). Joseph was a guest artist with West Australian Ballet, performing the title role in Ivan Cavallari’s new production of Pinocchio.

Joseph has danced several soloist roles with West Australian Ballet, Victorian Opera and with improvisation performance group Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre (AIVDT).

Highly trained and talented, Joseph has proven to be a valuable asset both on stage and off. He has worked as assistant choreographer, assistant lighting designer, assistant stage manager, rehearsal director, and dance captain in a variety of settings.

He has performed repertoire by some of the world’s most notable choreographers; Nacho Duato, John Cranko, Lucy Guerin, Youri Vamos, Garry Stewart, and Uwe Scholz. Joseph has also created roles for Sue Healey, Natalie Weir, Petr Zuska, Lucas Jervies, Ivan Cavallari and Gideon Obarzanek.

Simons began choreographing at the age of nine. His extraordinary ability to choreograph for ballet, musical theatre and contemporary dance has quickly made him highly sought after in many fields. He created works for West Australian Ballet, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus and several independent projects, including the official music video for Elisha Bones’ single Guts.
He is also a freelance journalist, and enjoys developing his ‘junkyard’ drawings (see corners of this website!) in his spare time.


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Working with The Fruit Flies

I was never one to dream of running away to join the circus, but it looks as though I’ll be doing just that!

Over 2010 and 2011, I’ll be choreographing for the iconic Fruit Fly Circus for their upcoming production ‘Storm’. I’m incredibly excited about the chance to work with some very talented acrobats – and some apparatus I’ve never encountered before!

I’m always up for a new challenge, and this one will no doubt be a lot of fun. I’ll keep you up-to-date as we go.