Julie Beauvais is an artist, choreographer, director and curator based in Valais, Switzerland.
Her body of work ranges from opera and choreographic works, to architectural interventions, video works and performative installations. Her art is driven by her interests in embodied experience, conscience and elevation and has been performed and exhibited internationally since 2001.
In 2020, she became co-director of Zurich Festival for New Music SONIC MATTER.
After graduating from Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Beauvais co-founded several companies in the United States, in Switzerland and in Denmark. For seven years, she has researched internationally, exploring forms of epic theatre in diverse political contexts. The work has led to collaborations with Brazilian, Mongolian and Nicaraguan companies.
In 2006, Beauvais started directing operas and focusing on contemporary opera. She created a platform for her research by founding BadNewsFromTheStars*, assembling choreographers, performers, composers, musicians, sound artists, media artists, visual artists, architects, scientists, researchers, philosophers, activists, in order to open laboratories fostering transdisciplinary experimentation and generating innovative operatic works rooted in the issues of today’s world.
Invited to teach or share her researches, she is regularly engaged by many educational institutions including HEMU - Haute Ecole de Musique (CH), ZHdK - Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (CH), EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (CH), International Theatre School of the Russian Federation in Moscow (RU), LISPA - London International School of Performing Arts (DE), Arthaus.Berlin International School (DE), Srishti Institute of Art, design and Technology (IN).
Recently, Beauvais choreographed and directed, in collaboration with photographer Brigitte Lustenberger, Krãsis (2014), with actress Servane Ducorps and artist Matthew Stone, The Soldier’s Tale (2015), with soloist Claire Chase, Density 21.5 (2016) and Toccata e Fuga (2017), with soprano Lisa Tatin, Sunbathing In My Tears (2017), with mezzo-soprano Kristina Hammarström, Heroine (2017), with artist Horace Lundd and composer Christophe Fellay, ORLANDO (2017-2021) coproduced by La Bâtie-Festival de Genève, performed in, among other, Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires, Santiago a Mil Festival, Mostra Internacional de Teatro de São Paulo and programmed at the European nomadic biennial Manifesta 13 – Les Parallèles du Sud in Marseille in 2020.
Commissioned by Ensemble Intercontemporain - founded by Pierre Boulez and directed by artistic director and composer Matthias Pintscher - Beauvais is imagining with composer Joan Magrané Figuera, Intérieur, an immersive performance after the play of M. Maeterlinck, that will première in 2021. She is currently elaborating the trans-species opera The Witness, by Pauline Oliveros in collaboration with soloist, collaborative artist, and cultural activist Claire Chase and anthropologist Eduardo Kohn.
1978 Born in Switzerland
1998-2000 Ecole internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris (FR)
2000-2002 Co-founder and stage director - Sprung theatre, Chicago (USA)
2002-2009 Artistic and stage director - Théâtre Mondes Contraires, (Europe, Asia, South America)
2005-2008 Co-founder and performer - Hopballehus theatre, Silkeborg (DK)
2005-2014 Artistic director and stage director - Ouverture-Opéra, Sion (CH)
Since 2012 Artistic director - Cie BadNewsFromTheStars* (Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, USA)
Since 2020 Co-director, co-curator - SONIC MATTER Festival for New Music, Zürich (CH)
RESEARCH AND RESIDENCIES
Residency ORLANDO & The Wind - Pro Helvetia COINCIDENCIA, Patagonia, Argentina (2019)
Research The Circle - Preparation and dramaturgy of Toccata e Fuga and Catalog - Burma (2015)
Research The Fervor - Preparation and dramaturgy of ORLANDO - New York and New Mexico, USA (2014)
Research Excess and Harmony - Preparation of Krãsis - India (2012)
Residency Red House Manhattan - Etat du Valais - New York, USA (2011)
Cultural prize Cie Ouverture Opéra - Etat du Valais (2014)
Cultural prize Etat du Valais (2011)
Space without fear: The art of Julie Beauvais
Le Diable, la plume et le pinceau
2015 - Edited by 'Les Amis de Muret', Lens, et les ayant droits.
Espace sans peur, l'art de Julie Beauvais - text by Winsome Brown, photos by Robert Hofer. ISBN: 978-2-8399-1727-8
Arthaus.Berlin International School Berlin, Germany - guest since 2018
Embodied Poetics London, United Kingdom - guest teacher since 2018
HEMU - Haute Ecole de Musique Lausanne, Switzerland - teacher 2010-2013
ZHdK - Zürcher Hochschule der Künste Zürich, Switzerland - guest teacher 2011
Laboratory work The Witness - Theatrum-Re-Formation, Moscow, RU (2020)
Laboratory work The Witness - Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, National School of Drama, Bangalore, IN (2019)
Masterclass - International Theatre School of The Russian Federation STD - Festival Artmigration - Moscow, RU (2019)
Masterclass - International Theatre School of The Russian Federation STD - Moscow, RU (2019)
Investigation et élaboration d'un dispositif scénographique - LAPIS/EPFL+ECAL lab - Lausanne, CH (2017)
Les stratégies musique-corps-espace - Ferme-Asile - Sion, CH (2017)
Le Masque Neutre - Ferme-Asile - Sion, CH (2017)
Schubert et la lumière - Bachelor Projekt Estelle Poscio - Zürcher Hochschule der Künste - ZHdK Zürich, CH (2013)
Masterclass for choir - FSCV - Sion, CH (2013)
The tragic space - Performers House - Silkeborg, DK (2013)
Choros - Conservatoire de Musique de Fribourg - Fribourg, CH (2008)
Introducción a la pedagogia Lecoq - Universita de Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires, AR (2007)
The body in the poetic space - Northern Illinois University, De Kalb - Illinois, USA (2002)
Le corps dans l’espace théâtral - Studio Théâtre Interface - Valais, CH (2001)
Concours Nicati 2019, Open Space category - Jury president
Sublime et réalisme, traitement spatial des musiques baroques et contemporaines - LAPIS EPFL/ENAC, Conférence Fire 3 - Lausanne, CH (2016)
De la respiration à l'installation - EPFL + ECAL lab. Conférence Fire 3 - Lausanne, CH (2015)
Atelier personnes migrantes - La Roseraie - Genève, CH (2018)
Atelier femmes migrantes - Maison du Monde - Monthey, CH (2010 - 2011)
Atelier femmes migrantes/suisses - Ville de Genève et Camarada - Genève, CH (2009 - 2011)
Ateliers femmes migrantes - Centres accueil CEFAM, Camarada, F-Information - Genève, CH (2008)
Performance and politics - Colectivo de Mujeres de Matagalpa - Matagalpa, NI (2008)
Young and epic - Movimento Pro-Criança - Recife, BR (2002)
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