100 Years Of The History Of Dance


100 Years Of The History Of Dance

Produced in association with GARDNIR SIMONS P R E S E N T S

100 Years Of The History Of Dance As Told By One Man In 60 Minutes With An Energetic Group Finale

Written by Emma Canalese and Joseph Simons
Created by Joseph Simons
Directed by Emma Canalese
Designed by Adam Gardnir

The role of 'Jacob' was originated by Joseph Simons, and is now shared between Simons, Andrew Longo and Trent Sinclair.


It's the school report you never knew you needed.

Bursting at the seams with fascinating facts, naughty stories and dance moves to die for, 100 Years Of The History Of Dance As Told By One Man In 60 Minutes With An Energetic Group Finale follows Jacob, a schoolboy presenting a report on the topic of his own choice. Not to be extra or anything, but Jacob has decided to cover 100 Years of the History of Dance!

Exploring the lives of influential choreographers including Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Bob Fosse, Rudolf Nureyev, Pina Bauch, Gene Kelly and Paula Abdul, Jacob not only talks about them, but demonstrates their signature style at the same time! As he prepares, Jacob ponders the difference between 'influence' and 'plagiarism' and begins to question his own legacy...

Development for this play began in 2017 in New York City at the Roundabout Theatre Rehearsal Studios. Here Joseph Simons and Emma Canalese worked together to bring Jacob and his obsession with dance to life. Enrico Melozzi provided musical support. Later developments took place in London, UK and Brisbane, Australia, where design elements were introduced by Adam Gardnir and Jason Glenwright, under the stage management of Genevieve Davidson. Touring began in 2019.


'Had the audience in fits of laughter' - The West Australian

'I was expecting 60 minutes of dance, but this show is so much more. Don't miss the chance to be entertained, educated and captivated by this one man show' - Arts Review

'Technical prowess and a wonderful sense of comic timing' - Dance Australia Magazine

'Well researched, biting entertainment' - Traveltheatres.org

'A production driven by infectious joy' - SeeSaw

'A stylistic kaleidoscope, spirited, energetic and vividly kinetic' - Xpress Magazine

'Like nothing I've ever seen. Brilliant theatre' - XS Entertainment

'Fabulous, funny and fascinating' - Fringe Feed 'Absolutely brilliant' - Blue Curtains