100 Years of the History Of Dance
As told By One Man In 60 Minutes With An Energetic Group Finale

Creative Team

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JOSEPH SIMONS

CREATOR + PERFORMER

Joseph is a choreographer, director and performer 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), Opera Australia (The Ring Cycle, King Roger) Victorian Opera (Julius Ceaser) Lingua Franca (Unsustainable Behaviour), West Australian Ballet (Pinocchio - title role), The Production Company (Nice Work If You Can Get It) 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). 

Joseph won the 2013 Tanja Liedtke Fellowship, and was the artist-in-residence at ADA studios, Berlin where he created First Things First which premiered in New York in 2014, toured 23 venues around Australia in 2015, and continues to tour internationally. Joseph conducts masterclasses in choreography, self-devised theatre and contemporary dance technique on each stop of the tour. 

For the last eight years, Simons has been the author of popular column ‘Freelance Dancer’ in Australia-wide magazine Dance Train, giving practical advice to young dance students. In 2017, Joseph was commissioned by SunPAC, QLD to mentor an emerging artist during the creation of a new solo work, Quiet on Set to premiere in 2018. 

 
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EMMA CANALESE

DIRECTOR + CO-WRITER

Emma is a graduate of The Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts and The Neighborhood Playhouse, NY. Selected directorial and choreographic work include Einstein and Mileva (World Premiere at Theatre Row, NY), Hollywood, Hollywood (Midtown International Theatre Festival, nominated for Best Direction and Best Choreography), Yellowpants (SOLOCOM at The Pit, NY), America (Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, winner of Best Audience Award), Thick Gnat Hands, The Brazilian Dilemma, Stick and Stiff (Collective NY), The Tempest: Remixed (Teatro Heckscher, NY), A Sense of Purpose On Sunday (IO Myers Theatre at UNSW, Aust), Par amnesia (Seymour Centre with One Extra Dance, Aust), The Magic Flute (Talent Unlimited), Oklahoma and Mame (Stagedoor Manor). Emma co-wrote and co-directed the short film 13 (Awarded Best Screenplay and nominated for Best Direction in Sparrow Film Project). She directed and co-produced the web series Kate Plus Date in collaboration with Martian New Media, was Associate Producer for short film Blink: The Observer (Backslash Bomb Productions), producer on HIV and AIDS: Let’s keep talking PSA (GLAAD), First Assistant Director on indie short film Corn Bread and Bad Luck (Rocky from Da Bronx Productions) and First Assistant Director for indie feature Lighthouse Unmanned (LU Productions). She is co-creator of Historgrams, an on-going micro series for social media platforms. Emma co-produced, directed and performed in The Collective NY’s C:10 To Go, a touring production of short plays and workshops aimed at schools and colleges, taken to Coastal Carolina University in 2017. She is co-writer and co-director of the play, ‘100 Years of the History of Dance…’, that will have its first regional Australian tour in 2019. 

 
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JASON GLENWRIGHT

LIGHTING DESIGN

Jason has designed over 220 productions specialising in lighting theatre, music theatre, opera, concerts, cabaret, dance and puppetry productions. He is one of Brisbane’s most highly awarded designers of the last 10 years having won a Matilda Award in 2016, 2015, a Gold Matilda Award in 2013 as well as subsequent nominations in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017 plus Groundling Awards in 2010, 2012, 2013 and nine Del Arte Chart awards over the last nine years.

Credits include productions presented by La Boite Theatre Company, Dead Puppet Society, shake & stir playing in major venues across Australia, including the Sydney Opera House. He has also designed for Queensland Theatre, Griffin Theatre Company, Queensland Camerata (Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra), JUTE Theatre, Little Red Company,  Queensland Conservatorium and Opera Queensland. 

Jason holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Technical production) degree, graduating from QUT in 2007.

 
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ENRICO MELOZZI

ORIGINAL MUSIC

Considered among the most significant musicians to emerge from the Abruzzi in recent years, composer and cellist Enrico studied composition in Italy under the influence of Franco Piersanti, Luis Bacalov (at the Scuola Nazionale di Cinema) and Ennio Morricone, simultaneously deepening his knowledge of contemporary music in Germany under Michael Riessler, for whom he has worked as assistant since 1999.

In 2003 Melozzi and Stefano De Angelis founded the electronic music ensemble LISMAPROJECT and record label CINIK RECORDS, under which he has produced around 30 albums.

Melozzi is devoting his time increasingly to the composition of soundtracks for films.

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ADAM GARDNIR

SET DESIGN

Adam is a graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. His set and/or costume designs for opera are Albert Herring, What Next?, Master Peter’s Puppet Show, Angelique, The Bear and Rembrandt’s Wife for Victorian Opera and The Beggar’s Opera and The Little Sweep for OzOpera.

For the dramatic stage, Adam has designed Die Winterreise, A View Of Concrete, and Drink Pepsi Bitch! for Malthouse, Love Me Tender and The Promise for Company B Belvoir, Saturn’s Return for Sydney Theatre Company and Birdland for Melbourne Theatre Company. His set designs for musicals include the Moonshadow world premiere season and Anything Goes and The Producers for The Production Company. He was Associate Set Designer for the Australian production of Love Never Dies, designed by Gabriela Tylesova, which won the Helpmann for Best Scenic Design.

For dance, Adam’s set and costume designs are Semele for The Australian Ballet and Happy As Larry for Shaun Parker/Sydney Festival. Adam has been nominated for six Green Room Awards, winning in 2011 for Angelique.