The Ballery Team
Managing director: Simon Williams
Assistant director: Otto Oscar Hernández Ruiz
Assistant curator: Constanze Metzel
* 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 Weimar 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.