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100 Years of the History of Dance

As told by one man in 60 minutes with an energetic group finale

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

Bursting at the seams with fascinating facts, naughty stories and dance moves to die for.

Directed by Emma Canalese and performed by Joseph Simons, 100 Years Of The History Of Dance As Told By One Man In 60 Minutes With An Energetic Group Finale follows Jacob, a schoolboy presenting a report on the topic of his own choice. Not to be extra or anything, but Jacob has decided to cover 100 Years of the History of Dance!

Exploring the lives of influential choreographers, including Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Bob Fosse, Roudolf Nureyev, Pina Bauch, Gene Kelly and Paula Abdul, Jacob not only talks about them, but demonstrates their signature style at the same time! As he prepares, Jacob ponders the difference between ‘influence’ and ‘plagiarism’ and begins to question his own legacy…

100 Years of the History of Dance is a physical theatre performance blending dance and theatre in an unusual, charming and funny way. Dance isn’t a foreign academic concept, it’s for everyone… and it feels good!


“[Simons] wryly encapsulates those awkward moments we have all experienced...and transforms his observations into quirky, wonderful dance”

Dance Australia

“Elegantly abstract, fast, funny...brilliant”

Sydney Morning Herald

“A true artist...had everyone hooked from start to finish”

Scenestr Magazine

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J O S E P H  S I M O N S

Joseph is a performer, choreographer and director working in a range of forms from contemporary dance, theatre, ballet, opera and musicals. Touring extensively throughout USA, Australia, UK and Asia, Joseph has performed as a soloist dancer for Chunky Move (Connected, I Like This) Lucy Guerin Inc. (Untrained, Structure and Sadness), Lingua Franca (Unsustainable Behaviour), West Australian Ballet (Pinocchio - title role) and Queensland Ballet (Little Red Riding Hood). He has also been involved in development workshops for companies including Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) (Proximity), Force Majeure (I Will Have Beautiful People at my Funeral Too), and DV8 Physical Theatre, London (John).

His choreography has been performed by West Australian Ballet, The Seven Sopranos, QUT and Flying Fruit Fly Circus, as well as independent projects, including in music videos for Elisha Bones’ Guts and Hounds Homebound’s Sandy.Simons originated the role of Malcolm in Collette F. Keen’s play The Death Of Kings and is currently in development for the recently discovered manuscript of the Mick Goldstein/Henry Woolf/Harold Pinter play Spider Love, playing the role of Tom.

Joseph has lectured in dance at institutions including Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS), The Space - Melbourne and MAD Dance House. He teaches musical theatre dance at Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, also acting as a contributing creative within the department.

Joseph won the 2013 Tanja Liedtke Fellowship, allowing him to create his solo show, First Things First in Berlin, which premiered in New York in 2014, toured 23 venues around Australia in 2015, and continues to tour internationally. He is currently in development for a new play, 100 Years of The History Of Dance as Told by One Man in 60 Minutes with an Energetic Group Finale which will premiere in 2019.


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