Simone Mousset / Empire of a Faun Imaginary
Simone Mousset (she/her) is a Luxembourgish dance artist based between London, Luxembourg, and France, working across wider Europe. Recipient in 2017 of the Lëtzebuerger Danzpräis / Luxembourgish Dance Award, Simone is currently a Work Place Artist at The Place in London, associate artist at the Escher Theater in Luxembourg, and accompanied by the Fondation Cléo Thiberge Edrom (Fondation de France). Her company is accredited and supported by the Ministry of Culture of Luxembourg.
Simone trained in London at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the Royal Academy of Dance, and the London Contemporary Dance School’s postgraduate dance company EDge, performing works by Sasha Waltz, Igor Urzelai & Moreno Solinas, James Wilton, Tony Adigun, Matthias Sperling, and Rachel Lopez de la Nieta. Simone has since worked with independent choreographers and companies including Anu Sistonen (FI), Jean-Guillaume Weis (LU), Dog Kennel Hill Project (UK), Caracalla Dance Theatre (LB), Provincial Dances Theatre, Olga Pona/Chelyabinsk Contemporary Dance Theatre, Ballet Moskva (RU) and others.
Simone’s work and company, Simone Mousset Projects, is produced by Vasanthi Argouin, working in close collaboration with the artist house Les Indépendances in Paris. The work is developed in conversation with venues such as The Place, Trois C-L Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois, Escher Theater, KLAP Maison pour la danse, Les Hivernales – CDCN d’Avignon, CND Lyon, and others. Recent choreographic commissions include works for London Contemporary Dance School and the Luxembourgish Pavilion, World Expo 2021/2022.
EMPIRE OF A FAUN IMAGINARY
Combining an interest in vocal work, visual art, and bodies in movement, Empire of a Faun Imaginary is a melancholic world in search of the miraculous, that explores the claustrophobic potential of onwardness, in reaction with qualities of the eerie, the still, and the slow. Tussling with an existential difficulty to see value in things, Empire of a Faun Imaginary investigates the human brain’s capacity to undo itself, as well as loneliness, hunger, restlessness, sadness, the pursuit of fear, and the notion that only death has any clear value.
It is a loud unheard cry.
And it is also, almost, a challenge.