The Ballery Team
Directors: Simon Williams & Otto Oscar Hernández Ruiz
Company Manager: Constanze Metzel
Communications supervisor: Sophie Hoffer
Musical Director: Leonardo Reyna
Berlin Stories Director: Nazli
Ballery partner & exhibition advisor: Eduard Voll
Opened in 2013 The Ballery is a salon style art space in Schöneberg Berlin. Directed by British producer & curator Simon Williams and Otto Oscar Hernandez (Bauhaus University & Architecture Faculty Havana), it’s program features talks, concerts and exhibitions from a community of influential Berlin based artists.
* UK 5. 4. 1976
Simon Williams was born in Stockton-On-Tees England and received a professional training in the performing arts at The London Studio Centre & Ballet Junior Geneva. His experience as a dancer and choreographer brought him to work with companies including Sir Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Hamburg State Opera, Zurich Opera House, Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Connecticut Ballet USA, Joffery II Concert Dancers, Vereinigte Bühnen Wien and Theater Des Westens, Berlin.
From 2004-2012 he established and directed multi media event collective SWATT producing events in France, Switzerland, Taiwan and the UK. Highlights included concerts for British spoken word artist Anne Clark, dance production imreadywhenUR with the UK break dance champions Bad Taste Cru, presented at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and short films – On the Wire and Wonder Woman which were selected for films prize festivals NOMAD in Taipei and FIVU in Montevideo.
In January 2013 he moved to Berlin. The same year he opened a Pop-Up Art Gallery project which ran for over one year and brought together a large artists network. With Pop-Up Art Gallery Simon curated over 50 exhibitions in Berlin as well as in Denmark and Spain. In September 2014 Simon signed the contract for a new venue at the current location in Nollendorfstrasse. During a conversation with an artist Simon mistakingly fused together the words gallery and ballet. The Ballery opened with its first group exhibition Birth of the Cool.
Otto Oscar Hernandez Ruiz
CUBA 7. 9. 1976
Otto was born and raised in Cuba. He studied architecture at the ISPJAE Institute in Havana. In 2002 he moved to Weimar to study fine art at The Bauhaus University. From 2007 Otto initiated the cultural space and artists collective Baustelle M10. During five years, friends and students joined the project either with a permanent studio space, or with different initiatives, from work presentations, film or photo shootings, workshops, parties and exhibitions.
In 2013 Otto moved to Berlin where he continued to work as a freelance performance and visual artist.
SOLO SHOWS (selection)
Hector Vargas – BISMARCK
Felix Scholz – Follow Me & Endangered Jungle
Rinaldo Hopf – Postcards From L.A.
Otto Oscar Hernandez Ruiz – Wie Aus Der Ferne
Mischa Fanghaenel – Blurred
Roman Lipski – Landschaften aus dem Netz
Iris Schieferstein – Death of Beauty
Alexandre Haefeli – The Company of Men
Valentina Bardazzi – organiche/geometriche
Sabatino Cersosimo – Emotional Accordion
Rinaldo Hopf – Films of My Youth
Georg Meyer Weil – The Life Studies
Rex – Verboten
Otto Oscar Hernandez Ruiz – Fragmented Landscapes
GROUP SHOWS (selection)
Trash to Treasure – curators: Simon Williams & Otto Oscar Hernandez
Planet Giegling – Curators: Konstantin Knust & Mortiz Löwe
Erections & Elusive Landscapes – R.Lipski, I.Schieferstein, O.Hernandez
Wannabe – A Spice Girls Exhibition
Cuba/Kuba – R.Hopf, A.Fux, O.Hernandez
Arte Italiana Berlin – V.Bardazzi, A.Galad, L.Rossi, S.Cersosimo
Saints & Sinners – Curator: Suzy Royal
My Gay Eye – 30 artists from book Main Schedules Auge 2015
FETISH – A.Fux, M.Badasyan, J.Kake, J.W.Ohlert M.Moncayo, R.Salerno
Adornism – Curator: Anto Christ
Around the World in 30 Days – Curator: Carlota Ibanez de Aldecoa
U’N’I Form – Tamboly, Matthijs Holland, Ana Bathe, Julija Goyd and Ivo Hofsté
Wake me up from this Dream – Curator: Suzy Royal
Birth of the Cool – Andreas Fux, Stefanie Schneider, Nicolas Balcazar, Irene Cruz, Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert, Sadie Weis, Ana Bathe, Vincenzo Laera, Michel Lamoller, Winston Torr, Stefano Bosis, Benjamin Martin, Yoh Nagao, Satoshi Hoshi and Gabriel Hermida