Simone Mousset (she/her) is originally from Luxembourg and trained in London at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the Royal Academy of Dance, and London Contemporary Dance School / EDge, where she also completed her MA. She started developing her choreographic work through Resolution and Choreodrome at The Place, as well as choreographic laboratories and emerging artist platforms at Trois C-L Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois, the Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, KLAP Maison pour la danse in Marseille, and others. She was awarded the Luxembourgish Dance Award in 2017. She is currently associate artist at Escher Theater (LU) and supported by Fondation Cléo Thiberge Edrom (FR). Simone works mainly in the UK and Europe, with punctual work in post-Soviet regions and the Middle East. Recent choreographic commissions include works for London Contemporary Dance School and for the upcoming World Expo in Dubai.
What are you most excited about joining the new group of Work Place artists?
I am really looking forward to finding out more about the work the other Work Place artists do, the questions they have, and the dreams they have for themselves and for the World. I am curious as to how we might support each other, but mostly I am excited about how we might change together.
Where do you seek or find inspiration for your work?
I currently tend to find most of my inspiration in the people I work with, and I think it has something to do with a mix of admiration of them as artists and humans, the texture of the conversations and exchange, and a shared sense of humour. I also find a lot of ideas in stumbling blindly into them. I get inspired to make things when I am surprised, so I try to find ways to somehow stay half-surprised a lot of the time.
What does it mean for you to be an artist in this day and age?
I ask myself this question a lot, and for me being an artist may mean that I can keep asking that question.
Partly, and for me very personally, at the moment, making things up and dancing and moving is a way for me to try and save myself, and potentially others, from a sense of general hopelessness. I think I've always felt that art was, for me, a useful way of dealing with the human condition and much of what it entails.