Julian Barnett

Monday, April 27th 11am-1pm
Monday, May 4th 11am-1pm
Monday, May 11th 11am-1pm Co-teaching with Julie Mayo


PERSONAL POETICS: a workshop on talking, singing, moving, performing and other matters that matter.

Over the last few years, I have been busy exploring the intersections between the voice and body, language and movement, meaning and abstraction, form and content. The workshop will place these areas of research within the context of performing, through the lens of practice. What happens first? What motivates one or the other? What are we talking and moving about? What are the possibilities? What is at stake? I'm interested in the mechanisms that fuse these components together, ultimately shaping a personal subjectivity and materiality that can cultivate a type of performativity. With this workshop, I'll share specific methodologies that prioritize modes of perpetuation and seek to build practical bridges between the voice and body, honing spaces for discovery, choice and personal poetics.

photo by Zoe Alibert
Photo by Zoe Alibert


Julian Barnett has been choreographing, performing and teaching in New York City for nearly 15 years. He primarily creates performance-based works which utilize language, movement, visual art and musicology, that explore the socio-political possibilities for transformation and empathy. His works have been invited throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, and since 2012, actively throughout Europe. Julian was a 2013-14 resident artist at K3 Tanzplan Hamburg and is a 2015 US/Japan Creative Artist Fellow. His first work Float, premiered at La Mama Theater and since then, he has created a body of work that includes Bluemarble (Kampnagel, DE), Monument (Dansateliers, NL), Bridge (tanz_haus, AT), Super Natural (Mt. Tremper Arts, NY), Echologue (Joyce Theater), and Sound Memory (Danspace Project, NY), which was selected as "Best of 2009” for Dance by Time Out New York. Other commissions/presentations include: AUNTS/American Realness Festival, PS 122, Movement Research, Tangente (Montreal), Bates and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festivals and more. Julian has been a teaching artist lecturing, teaching and mentoring on improvisation and choreography at NYU, SUNY Purchase, Juilliard, Dance Ireland, Uferstudios Berlin, and as an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Northern California, Julian studied dance, music and film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and completed the ArtEZ master of choreography program in Arnhem, Netherlands. In 2012, Julian was a danceWEB scholar at Impulstanz in Vienna, Austria, where he worked and mentored with Benoit Lachambre. Julian is currently working with Jeanine Durning and has collaborated with Steve Paxton, Wally Cardona, Johannes Wieland, Christopher Williams, John Scott/irish modern dance theater, and Deufert and Plischke, amongst others. Julian is a 2015 recipient of a FUSED grant and will be in residence La Briqueterie-CDC du Val de Marne, in Paris, France, as well as at Hellerau in Dresden, Germany, developing a new work to premiere in Hamburg and New York in 2016. Say hello at: julianbarnett.com