I am a theatre and contemporary performance maker based in Auckland, New Zealand. I create performances that sit between disciplines. My work is part theatre, part dance, part performance art. While mostly working in theatre spaces I have also worked in gallery spaces, in video art and in public spaces. I am drawn to make performance that is anarchic and poetic. I really love confetti cannons and making a mess. I love politics and I love comedy.
By defining myself as a feminist artist I mean that my work may or may not deal with feminist content (although it is often explicitly feminist), but it always seeks to find a feminist process, which is equitable, collective and horizontal. My work seeks to challenge patriarchal structures of power, dominance and influence. This may result in work explicitly about gender, but also in work that seeks new modes of dramaturgical and narrative expression and demands a different engagement from an audience.
Currently my work is exploring representation and violence and the desire to dismantle and restructure the cultural imagery and imaginary. I often use found texts and found movement sources as a way of creating content.
I am interested in task based performance; an intentionally messy or un-finished aesthetic as a conscious political choice. Aesthetically, I tend towards a style that utilizes colour, theatricality, excess and comedy to lend the work the feeling of a party as well as a performance. I want you to have a really good time.
Julia is a performer and theatre maker trained at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School graduating in 2008. She has since undertaken further training at L'Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris in 2011 and with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company in New York City in 2014/2015. Julia also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre.
Julia has consistently worked professionally on stage and screen since graduating, appearing in various productions including for The Fortune Theatre, Red Leap, Indian Ink, Auckland Theatre Company, The Town Centre as well as appearing in numerous independent theatre works.
She has toured work nationally and internationally including tours of Australia, Asia and the USA. In 2014, she received a Chapman Tripp for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Indian Ink’s Kiss The Fish.
She has created her own devised work, performed throughout New Zealand, including The Keepers, which was named in Metro Magazines Best Theatre of 2011 and was nominated for a Chapman Tripp. Her solo performance If There’s Not Dancing at the Revolution, I’m Not Coming, has played to sold out houses and critical acclaim in Auckland (Basement Theatre 2015 & 2016), Wellington (BATS Theatre 2016) and as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Summerhall 2016) where it received a four star review from the Scotsman.
Her New York based company Future Husband has shown work at in New York City at Dixon Place, SITI studios, Grace Exhibition space, Glasshouse Brooklyn and HB Playwrights Theatre. In collaboration with Natasha Barhedia created This was supposed to be the Future, a dance, theatre and multimedia performance,which premiered in November 2016 at LARVA, Guadalajara, Mexico and will tour Mexico in July 2016.
On screen Julia had appeared in Legend of the Seeker, Kune’s Kitchen (as a puppeteer) The Almighty Johnsons, Feedback, Agent Anna, Nothing Trivial, The Kick and as Ida Baker in the Katherine Mansfield tele-feature Bliss.
Julia works regularly as a tutor and director with young people teaching devised theatre, puppetry and movement.