Juanjo Arques


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. 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.

Arqués has created the majority of his works for Dutch National Ballet and its Junior ensemble but also has produce creations for international ballet companies and festivals such as the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Theatre Ballet Moscow, Compañia Nacional de Danza, NRW Junior Ballet Dortmund, Acosta Danza, 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 work ‘Homo Ludens’. In 2014 he was nominated for the Dutch Dans Awards Prize, in 2016 for the prestigious Golden Mask Awards in Moscow for best choreographer and best classical production for ‘Minos’ and this season he was nominated for the Benois de la Danse 2019 as best choreographer for his latest creation ‘Ignite’.

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 Nijinsky’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. 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 National Moravian-Silesian Theater, Junior Ballet Antwerp, Deutsche Ballet & Oper am Rhein and Dutch National Ballet.