Juanjo Arques

Dance Open 2015: Minos (Back to Bach), Dutch National Ballet


Trained as a dancer at the Conservatorio de Danza. During his dancing career he worked with Ballet Victor Ullate, English National Ballet and Dutch National Ballet as a soloist and performed renown parts in classical and contemporary ballets of such choreographers as Hans Van Manen, Rudi Van Dantzig, William Forsythe, Natalia Makarova, Christopher Wheeldon, Krzysztof Pastor, Mark Morris, Derek Deane, Alexey Ratmansky, and David Dawson; as well as appeared in the works of George Balanchine, Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, Frederick Ashton and Rudolf Nureyev.

Alongside his dancing career, Arques is a gifted choreographer working with modern language fueled by a desire to communicate thought-provoking material. Juanjo describes himself “as a choreographer who mixes modern dance language with the influences I have accumulated during my life and career. These influences include dance, new media, historical periods and their ideals, mythology, literature, architecture as well as sculptural form. This creates a “cloud” of creation that enables me to develop a very personal form of dance within the classical form, continually pushing the boundaries of recognised dance/theatre conventions”.