Choreography

“Elegantly abstract to fast and funny…brilliant.”
- Sydney Morning Herald

“Wonderful, quirky dance…a marvel to watch.”
 - Dance Australia Magazine

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

Guts

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 single in July 2013, and was a finalist in the International ‘Dance&’ Film Festival in Paris.

First Things First

2013

“Like nothing I’ve ever seen…fine comedy and brilliant theatre.”
- xsentertainme.com

Do you remember your first day of school? Your first bike? Your first kiss? The first time is always memorable, then you do it a second time, then a third. First Things First explores the art of ‘getting used to it’. A one-man show of virtuosic dance and hilarious physical theatre.

On A Leash

2013

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

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.

 

Nightlight

2014

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

Jet Set

2012

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

No Standing

2015

In collaboration with the incredible minds at Know Studio.

Dog And Bird

Workshop 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.

TOURIST

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.

Please Hold

2010

“[Joseph's] choreography snaps you back to attention…clever and comical’ 
- Drum Media Magazine

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.

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…

Elegant People

2012

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

2012

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

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.

Peacock

2011

Fierce. Intense. Beautiful.

An exploration of animal and human attractiveness.

Don’t

2011

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

2010

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

2009

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

2009

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

2011

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

2008

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.

WORKS

Skank: A Tragic Love Story 2016
This Is A Solo 2016
Fling 2016
Customs 2016
Familiar Strangers 2015
Hollywood Hills 2014
First Things First 2013
Guts 2013
On A Leash 2012
Elegant People 2012
Jet Set 2012
A Few Moments Of Your Time 2011
Not On My Watch 2011
Don’t 2011
Up The Wall 2010
A Beat Behind 2010
Please Hold (re-developed) 2010
Man Alive 2009
A Few Moments Of Your Time 2009
Self Destruct 2009
Mix and Match 2008
Getting Through 2008
I Can’t Wait 2007
Please Hold 2007
Bedroom Dancing 2006