Artistic director of Scottish Dance Theatre Joan Clevillé discusses creativity, choreography, and rural touring.
Joan Clevillé is an independent choreographer based in the city of Dundee, Scotland, and Artistic Director of Joan Clevillé Dance. Born in Barcelona, Joan combined his dance training at Elise Lummis’ La Companyia with his studies in Humanities at University Pompeu Fabra. Following his interest in choreography, he obtained a masters degree with distinction at London Contemporary Dance School in 2012. He has worked for fourteen years as a dancer, teacher and rehearsal director in companies across Europe, including Scottish Dance Theatre, the Ballet of the Graz Opera (Austria), the company of the Choreographic Centre of Valencia, and Ballet Carmen Roche (Madrid). Joan has also collaborated as a performer with Lost Dog (directed by Ben Duke) and Dog Kennel Hill Project (London). He is currently a member of Collective Endeavours, a Glasgow-based music and dance improvisation collective. Joan also works regularly as a guest teacher for international companies and vocational schools including Skånes Dansteater, Norrdans and the Gothenburg Opera in Sweden, Codarts (Rotterdam University of the Arts), London Contemporary Dance School or Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds). His works as a choreographer have been presented in the UK, Germany, Poland, Austria, Sweden, Italy, Spain and Japan. He has created pieces for choreographic platforms at the Graz Opera and Scottish Dance Theatre, which were toured nationally and internationally. He has also received commissions from Thomas Noone Dance (Barcelona), Café Fuerte (Austria-Switzerland), and Institut del Teatre (Barcelona) amongst others. Since summer 2014, Joan has been Associate Artist of the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, and was Glasgow Tramway’s 2017 Associate Artist. In April 2019 Joan was appointed Artistic Director of Scottish Dance Theatre.
Rachel Elderkin is a freelance dancer and dance writer based in London. Her dance writing can be also be read in the Stage, londondance.com, Exeunt and British Theatre Guide. She is a member of the UK's Critics' Circle, and has previously written for publications including Fjord Review, the Skinny (Scotland) and LeftLion (Nottingham) where she was Art Editor.
Host: Rachel Elderkin
Guest: Joan Clevillé
Editing and production: George Bushaway
Produced for Fjord Review