joined Dutch National Ballet 2004
birth place Murcia (Spain)
career with Dutch National Ballet
grand sujet (2004)
previously danced with
Ballet Victor Ullate (Madrid, Spain),
English National Ballet (Londen, United Kingdom)
training Conservatorio de Danza de Murcia (Spain)
The Spaniard Juanjo Arqués trained as a dancer at the Conservatorio de Danza in his hometown Murcia. Before coming to the Netherlands in 2004, he worked for five years as a soloist with Ballet Victor Ullate in Madrid, and for four years in the same rank with English National Ballet.
With the Dutch National Ballet, he began as a grand sujet and was promoted to second soloist three years later. Juanjo Arqués ended his dancing career in 2012.
Alongside his career as a dancer, Arqués has developed as a choreographer in recent years. In 2001, he created his first work, Sensual Enjoyment, for a choreographic workshop at English National Ballet. For the Dutch National Ballet, too, he was a regular – and talented – participant in the choreographic workshop New Moves. This led to commissions for special performances by the Dutch National Ballet and for the programmes Nieuwlichters and In Space. Recent creations by Arqués include Lost in Thought, Miniatures and Minos. The latter work also attracted considerable international attention.
The pas de deux from Minos has been performed at dance galas in Korea, Russia and Italy. In December 2012, he choreographed a new work, UNSOUND, with co-choreographer Heidi Vierthaler, for the Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid.
Juanjo has choreographed for the workshop New Moves and the programme In Space.