Joseph Lau is an artist working in dance, theatre and interdisciplinary practices. In making working Joseph is interested in the political, how to create meaning and connection with audiences and the visceral. As part of his practice, Joseph works on artist-led initiatives and on artists entrepreneurship to further empower art-making and change.
Currently, Joseph is a Co-creator/co-director/co-choreographer/co-producer working on They Gather an evolving independent, tri-national, interdisciplinary and multi-modal project. Joseph’s work has been commissioned by ‘Dance Channels’ an EU Creative Europe funded collaboration, Moving Dance Forward (Dance Manchester and MDI in partnership with the Unity Theatre, Contact, The Lowry and the University of Salford), University of Salford and was the 2010 TURN Prize winner.
Joseph’s choreographic portfolio also includes: works as part of the new movement and dance collective Out of the Blue Productions in partnership with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and eu-art-network, ATOM Choreographic Series #3 (BG), Deeper Than All Roses for the Fascinate(University of Salford, BBC, Technicolour & EU partners) and other independent initiatives.
As an active and inquisitive maker Joseph has also created and performed solo works that are both physically and emotionally demanding including The Age Of Ledger.
Joseph has an extensive history facilitating in education, community and professional training contexts. Joseph has been a sessional lecturer at University of Salford, Manchester College and has also worked on acclaimed grassroots youth dance projects such as STRIDE a dance project for young men in Greater Manchester realised via a partnership between Company Chameleon and Dance Manchester, amongst many other projects and engagements.
Prior to studying a Bachelor of Arts: Dance (Performance) at the Queensland University of Technology, Joseph completed a Bachelor of Commerce at University of Queensland and qualified as a Chartered Accountant Australia New Zealand. This dual knowledge has supported Joseph to take on roles in arts & cultural leadership and spearhead artist-led initiatives. Roles include: current, hAb (Advisory Committee Member) and Manchester Dance Consortium (Strategic Group Member), and previous roles with Company Chameleon (Board Member), Ausdance Queensland (Treasurer), Critical Mass – Brisbane artist-led initiative (Committee Member) and Expressions Dance Company (Treasurer).
Landscape image by Brian Slater
Portrait image by Joseph Lau