Joe Moran is a choreographer and dancer creating bold, daring and distinctive new works. A semi-finalist for The Place Prize 2012, Joe’s work has 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), Pontus Pettersson (Sweden), and Gaby Agis & Company (UK). Joe’s most recent work The Modulated Body was commissioned for Movement and Gravity: Bacon and Rodin in dialogue, the Francis Bacon and Auguste Rodin exhibition at Ordovas on Savile Row. Joe is Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation, which he founded in 2000 and through which his performance and curatorial work is produced in collaboration with
Joe trained in dance and choreography at London Contemporary Dance School following his undergraduate training in theatre at Bristol University. He is currently touring Forward, a choreographic collection of new performance, film and installation for stage and gallery spaces co-produced by Dance Art Foundation, Dance4 and Lakeside Arts Centre in association with Siobhan Davies Dance. Joe has been an Associate Artist of Siobhan Davies Dance since 2008 and works extensively in the visual arts. He is also developing Arrangement, a new work for an international company of male dancers for touring in 2014.
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.