Julie Beauvais’s body of work ranges from opera, theatre 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.
The swiss artist began her directing path in the United States after graduating from Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She co-founded Sprung Theatre in Chicago in 2001
and started devising and producing choreographic works. In 2003, she founded a second company in Geneva called Mondes Contraires. For seven years,
Julie has researched internationally, exploring different forms of epic theatre in diverse political contexts. The work has led to collaborations with Brazilian, Mongolian
and Nicaraguan companies. The productions toured internationally until 2009. At the same time, she has been invited to collaborate with companies such as danish theatre group Hopballehus and american physical theatre company Plastiscene amongst others.
In 2006, Julie started focusing on the dynamics that lyrical voice provokes in the singer's body and, by extention, in the performing space. Amongst the many operas
she directed in eight years, baroque compositions opened new horizons. While in New York (artistic residency 2011), seeking to open opera to dialogue with other forms, Julie created a platform for her research by founding BadNewsFromTheStars*.
Regularly invited to teach or talk about her work, she has been engaged by many educational institutions including HEMU - Haute Ecole de Musique,
ZHdK - Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, International Theatre School of the Russian Federation in Moscow, LISPA - London International School of Performing Arts, Arthaus.Berlin International School.
In 2014, Beauvais created, together with photographer Brigitte Lustenberger and music director Kerstin Behnke in Funkhaus Berlin, Krãsis, a larger-than-life video installation of baroque arias, in coproduction with La Bâtie Festival de Genève and Grand Théâtre de Genève. In 2015, she designed and directed the performative installation Soldier’s Tale with photographer Matthew Stone and music director Michael Wendeberg. Recently, she created with artist Horace Lundd and composer Christophe Fellay, the new paradigm opera for seven movements, one voice and one horizon ORLANDO, in coproduction with La Bâtie-Festival de Genève and in collaboration with LAPIS/EPFL+ECAL lab.
Commissioned by Ensemble Intercontemporain - founded by Pierre Boulez and directed by artistic director and composer Mathias Pintscher - Beauvais is creating Intérieur, an immersive performance, after the play of M. Maeterlinck, that will première in 2021. She is also currently world touring ORLANDO and creating her new work in several places in the world: The Witness, by Pauline Oliveros.
1978 Born in Switzerland
1998-2000 Ecole internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris (FR)
2000-2002 Sprung theatre - Co-founder and stage director, Chicago (USA)
2002-2009 Théâtre Mondes Contraires - Artistic and stage director (Europe, Asia, Latino America)
2005-2008 Hopballehus theatre - Co-founder and performer, Silkeborg (DK)
2006-2014 Opera stage director
2009-2010 LISPA - London International School of Performing Arts - Teacher certification, London (UK)
2005-2014 Ouverture-Opera - Artistic director and stage director, Sion (CH)
2010-2013 HEMU - Haute Ecole de Musique - Teacher, Lausanne (CH)
2018 3HO IKYTA KRI Kundalini Yoga teacher Certification Level 1 - Golden Bridge Yoga, Rishikesh (IN)
Since 2012 BadNewsFromTheStars* - Artistic director (Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, USA)
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)
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
London, since 2018
Teacher - Movement studies and transdisciplinarity for lyric singers
Teacher and Director - Final opera student's project direction
WORKSHOPS AND MASTERCLASSES
Laboratory work on The Witness Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology - Bangalore, IN (2019)
Masterclass International Theatre School of The Russian Federation STD - Festival Artigration - 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)
ORLANDO 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)
Brecht and the elections - Movimento Pro-Criança - Recife, BR (2002)