Joseph CARELLA
Dancer

Joseph received a grant to participate in the Camping project organized by the Centre National de la Danse.

 

What is your artistic background?

My artistic background started with music (drums, piano), then it moved to dancing. My style of dance is called “FLEXN” (a Reggae, Dance Hall-based style that started in Brooklyn, NY). Between music and dancing, these tools helped me to express myself in my daily life. This isn’t just a hobby, it’s a way of living. 

 

How do you see your profession today?

My view on my profession today is an observant one. When I was coming up, dance had opportunities, but it was pushed down and looked upon as a job that couldn't make you super successful. Nowadays dancing has become one of the biggest platforms for that purpose. As a person who is pushing a style (FLEXN), it's my job to make sure the whole world knows about this style and acknowledges it. 

 

How do you see yourself in five years? In 10 years?

In 5-10 years, I see myself being established as a dancer/artist, traveling all over the world and combining cultures together to create one big universal vibe. I'm not going to just see it happen. I am going to make it happen.

 

This interview was conducted in 2017

Photo credit: Céline Anaya Gautier