Juanjo Arqués is a Spanish choreographer based in Amsterdam. Before moving to the Netherlands, he danced with Ballet Victor Ullate and with English National Ballet. Mr. Arqués joined Dutch National Ballet in 2004 under the direction of Ted Brandsen, and three years later he was promoted to Soloist. He performed works by notable choreographers including William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, David Dawson and Hans van Manen. In 2012 he decided to stop his dancing career to focus exclusively on choreography. Four years later he was appointed as Young Creative Associate by Het National Ballet.
Mr. Arqués has created the majority of his works for Dutch National Ballet and its junior ensemble but also has produced creations for international ballet companies and festivals such as the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Theatre Ballet Moscow, Compañia Nacional de Danza, NRW Junior Ballet Dortmund, New York Choreographic Institute, Origen Cultural Festival, Whim W’him, and Continuum Contemporary Ballet. He has been named "Promising Talent Of Year 2017" by Tanz Magazine for his latest work ‘Homo Ludens’ for Dutch National Ballet. In 2014 he was nominated for the Dutch Dance Awards and in 2016 for the prestigious Golden Mask Awards in Moscow for best choreographer and best classical production for ‘Minos’ with the Russian Ballet Moskva. In 2019 he was nominated as choreographer for the Prix Benois De La Danse with ‘Ignite’, the ballet he created for the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Mr. Arqués is a versatile choreographer who works within the dance field but also in theatre, films, fashion and performing arts. In 2014 he collaborated staging the theatre production‘Vaslav’ based on Arthur Japin's novel of Vaslav Nijisnky’s and ‘Performing Gender’, a European dance project on the research themes for identity and sexual orientation at the Mambo Museum in Bologna. In 2016 film directors Saskia Boddeke and Peter Greenaway commissioned Mr. Arqués to choreograph a poetic multi-screen-video installation inspired by Matisse’s paintings ‘La Danse’ and ‘La Musique’ at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris. Last summer he was invited to the New York University as a guest artist to research on his choreographic vision in dance.
His new dance projects for the current season includes Dutch National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Theatre Ballet Moscow, Acosta Danza & Junior Ballet Antwerp.