Dr. Joseph Mercier - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Joseph is a choreographer and performance-maker working across dance, live art and contemporary theatre. He works as both an independent artist and as co-director of performance company PanicLab, and is currently Lectures in Contextual Studies at Northern school of Contemporary Dance

In 2016 PanicLab’s show Theseus Beefcake was awarded best British production at BE Festival Birmingham. His work has been supported and commissioned by Dance City, The Place, Homotopia, The Unity Theatre, The Albany, Cambridge Junction, Soho Theatre, MDI and Chisenhale Dance Space among others.

Joseph has worked as a dramaturg, movement director and mentor with artists such as Rachel Young, Priya Mistry, Will Dickie and Milk Presents.

Joseph trained in classical ballet at the school of Alberta Ballet, then trained in theatre at Concordia University. His PhD at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama examined ballet cultures in relation to gender and sexual politics.

Joseph was a Senior Lecturer in Dance at Leeds Beckett University and taught MA students at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.