Joel - about

A b o u t   J o ê l

India RND

Joêl discovered dance through the late 90's raw and gritty Bristol hip hop culture, where you had only yourself, peers and that one VHS tape of Radiotron 6 to learn from. Style Elements Vs Renegade Crew, rewind, pause, frame, frame, frame, rewind, pause, frame…

Out of that came a unique crew; Physical Jerks, jams, cyphers, battles, performances, workshops and many stories later he was at Northern School of Contemporary Dance figuring out what a unitard and a dance belt was. Once that was down though, being at Notrthern gave Joêl both space and perspective of contrived points of view of both breaking, contemporary and dance in general. This incubation period evolved and nurtured what was becoming an emotive form of breaking that could stand on its own two feet.

This idea would lead to the creation of Champlooo Dance company which Joêl co-founded with Wilkie Branson. In the 5 years the company existed it had a prestigious education program including its own Champloo Youth Crew and Champloo Roots. Champloo's debut piece 'White Caps' that premiered at the Bristol Old Vic and went on to tour for 3 years in the UK, Europe, Canada and India and showcased at British Dance Edition 2012 alongside 'Boing!' created in partnership with Travelling Light Theatre.

In the last 7 years Joêl has enjoyed performing, choreographing and collaborating in some amazing performances and events like Surface Area dance theatres 'Yacho No Mori' Tobacco Factory Theatres 'Cinderella: A Fairy Tale' Bristol Young Vic's 'Pictures at an Exhib3ition' and Bristol Old Vics 'Peter Pan'.

Now developing the relationship he has with the work he wants to create, the style and ideology he wants to deliver in his practice. Tobacco Factory Theatre supported this making Joêl and Associate Artist 2014 and he remains a Breakthrough artist with The Curve, Leicester. Currently he is working toward his stand-alone debut piece 'Burden'.