József Trefeli _ working out of Geneva since 1996

József Trefeli is Australian born of Hungarian origins. He graduated from the University of Melbourne VCA with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. József worked for three years in Australia before joining Alias Dance Company in 1996 in Geneva. In his eight years with Alias he created roles that challenged and charmed critics and audiences worldwide.
On 6 continents, more than 40 countries, József has achieved critical acclaim for his many and varied dance performances and numerous choreographic works. The diverse range of styles in which József choreographs include contemporary dance, cabaret, theatre, musical comedy, and opera. József has proven his ability to create solo work as easily as directing and choreographing casts of up to 50. József Trefeli has also danced for the companies Skree Wolf, Greffe, Drift, Utilité Publique, Philippe Saire, and Da Motus, and has acted in two plays with the Company Korpüs Animüs.


The József Trefeli Company was founded in 2005 for a commission to choreograph for the Association for Contemporary Dance (ADC) in Geneva. His creations have toured in Australia, Central America, Africa, Europe and Switzerland, and include:

creation in collaboration with Gábor Varga; co-productions and residencies with Centre Nationale de la Danse CND Paris, Ballet de Lorraine Nancy, Arsenic Lausanne, Tanzhaus Zurich, CCNR Lyon and the ADC of Geneva.

creation in collaboration with Mike Winter Currently touring

creation in collaboration with  Mike Winter for the Festival des Printemps Carougeois Currently touring

creation in collaboration with Kylie Walters & KMA Rock band, Geneva,
Switzerland. Currently touring
Point Zéro commissioned by the Festival des Printemps Carougeois, as well as performed at the official opening
of the Fêtes de Genève, Switzerland

JINX 103
created in collaboration with Gábor Varga for Reso Switzerland. Selected as an Aerowaves Priority
Company for 2013: more than 130 performances in 75 cities in 21 countries. Currently touring
pas de danse du XVIIIe, Festival des Printemps Carougoise, Switzerland
Kabaret Galaktika in collaboration with Kylie Walters for Geneva's Antigel Festival

 Performances in Switzerland, Australia, Estonia, Germany, and Albania
ça passio passion, Festival Poetry in the city, Geneva, and Neuchatel, Switzerland

Envedetté  Choreographic competition (RE)connaissance, Meylan, France
OOOrpheus  Opened in France’s Festival « Dansez ! » of Relais Culturel Château Rouge, with tours in
Switzerland, Hungary, Germany and Albania

  Solo. Performances in Switzerland and Europe

Real Life Wrong
 Performances in Switzerland, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania
Awarded prize for best choreography, International Festival Baia Mare, Romania

Tu Me Prêtes ta Brosse à Dents?
  Commissioned by the ADC, Geneva, Switzerland
Fresh Ingredients–Points of Suspension… Performances in Switzerland and Bulgaria
Solo One  Performances at Come and Dance Festival, Wales, UK

At the same time as these creations for his own company, József Trefeli creates two choreographies for the 25 dancers of Geneva’s Ballet Junior entitled Safety In Numbers, Beach Ball & Body, and Gender Bounce in 2014. In August 2013 József  solo tap performance in the award winning show La Clique, in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In January 2013 József collaborates with Fatna Djahra and the Theatre L’Articule to create a multidisciplinary project combining marionette and dance Jeux sur l'échelle du monde. In December 2011 József choreographs La Grande Duchess de Gérolstein Opera by Jacques Offenbach, directed by Omar Porras, for the Opéra de Lausanne.  In 2010, the Cap Loisirs Foundation celebrated the 30-year anniversary of its activity in Geneva with the production Stop ! I need a change !, a project lead by József Trefeli as artistic advisor. In 2013, József creates a choreography for Vadrozsa Ensemble Budapest crossing traditional Hungarian dance and Contemporary dance entitled New Roads. József also choreographs OperAdôn by Robert Clerc, Tous les chemins mènent à Meyrin 2012 and La Divergence des Trajectoires 2013, directed by Valentine Sergo and four creations of the Théâtre Spirale, Louves 2009, La Ronde 2010, Remonter la pente 2011 and Je suis un Saumon 2015.

József teaches classes and workshops on tour with JINX 103, UP and CREATURE to amateurs, professional dancers, and dance companies.

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