About

Described by The Dancing Times as ‘an adventurous choreographic voice’, Joanna Young’s work is delicate, intricately crafted and absorbing to watch. Her projects explore a variety of contexts; these include stage productions, site-specific installations, film, and community responsive work.

Joanna trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, where she was awarded for her ‘outstanding achievement and progression in choreographic studies’ in 2006. She then went on to complete an apprenticeship with The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughsin 2007. She recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Choreography at The Place, London Contemporary Dance School, with Distinction. She will be going back to complete her Masters at the Place in 2016.

In recent years Joanna has received funding from the Arts Council of Wales to develop and tour her own work. She has had numerous choreographic commissions, presenting her work in theatres and galleries across the UK. During the past three years Joanna has been mentored by Lea Anderson; Rosemary Lee; Sue MacLennan; Philippe Riera of Superamas.

Joanna is gaining increasing recognition for her choreography and detailed artistic process. Throughout this year she will be developing and producing work with a number of UK partners, and continuing collaborations with internationally recognized dance, sound and visual artists.

Joanna is a founder member of Groundwork Pro, an artist led collective funded by the Arts Council of Wales.  www.groundworkpro.com

Artist Statement

As a child I had an obsession with arranging spaces; moving paraphernalia and domestic furnishings around to create different atmospheres and situations. I feel like I am still playing the same game.

I work within collectives and independently and thrive in collaborations that allow me to cross artistic borders; expand, challenge and support my own practice and artistic vision.

My work is conceptually driven, and political through its process.  I work within a range of contexts, which allows me to express my observations through the exposure of detail, function and transformation. I describe my work as concise, mysterious and intricately layered.