Simone Mousset / Empire of a Faun Imaginary

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.


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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.



Artistic director Simone Mousset
Performers Tasha Hess-Neustadt, Lewys Holt, Eevi Kinnunen, Hannah Parsons
Artistic companion Neil Callaghan
Dramaturg Lou Cope
Lighting designer Seth Rook Williams
Sound designer Alberto Ruiz Soler
Scenographer and costume designer Lydia Sonderegger
Voice workshopping and vocal composition Jamie McCarthy
Cultural theorist (research) Macon Holt
Producer Vasanthi Argouin
Administrator Cathy Modert
Communication Lisa Tsumakova
With the support of Les Indépendances (Développement France)



Production Simone Mousset Projects
Coproduction Escher Theater (LU) ; Esch 2022 Capitale européenne de la Culture (LU) ; POLE-SUD, Centre de Développement Chorégraphique National, Strasbourg (FR) ; Centre Chorégraphique National de Nantes (FR) ; KLAP Maison pour la danse (FR) ; Les Hivernales – CDCN d’Avignon (FR) ; Atelier de Paris / CDCN (FR) ; Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape, direction Yuval PICK (FR)
Support TROIS C-L – Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois (LU) ; Fondation Indépendance by BIL (LU) ; CN D Centre national de la danse dans le cadre du dispositif Artistes en expérimentation au CN D à Lyon (FR)
Commissioned by The Place (GB)
Résidence en simple prêt à La Briqueterie – CDCN du Val-de-Marne


Simone Mousset Projects est conventionnée avec le ministère de la Culture
Simone Mousset est artiste associée au Escher Theater (LU) et à The Place (GB), et accompagnée par la Fondation Cléo Thiberge Edrom (FR)