Julie Beauvais is an artist, choreographer, director and curator based in 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 becomes artistic director and curator of Zurich based SONIC MATTER festival and platform for experimental music. 


After graduating from Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Beauvais co-founds several companies in the United States, in Switzerland

and in Denmark. For seven years, she researches transnationally, exploring forms of epic theatre in diverse political contexts.

The work leads to long term collaborations with Brazilian, Mongolian and Nicaraguan companies. 

In 2006, Beauvais starts directing operas and focusing on contemporary and experimental music. She creates a platform for her research by founding BadNewsFromTheStars*, a transterritorial and transdisciplinary laboratory for innovative convergences of sonic explorations, scientific researches and environmental studies. With her collaborators, Beauvais explores new perspectives on international cooperation for sustainable development in a context of emerging challenges and shifting paradigms. The approach tuned to 'multispecies becoming with' combines deep listening practices, sound art, music, conscious movement and scientific observations.


Invited to share her researches, she is regularly engaged by 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), Arthaus.Berlin International Training and Research Center (DE), Srishti Institute of Art, design and Technology (IN).

Recently, Beauvais choreographed and directed, with artist Horace Lundd and composer Christophe Fellay, ORLANDO 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 biennial Manifesta13 in Marseille.

Together with SONIC MATTER_openlab, with artist Claire Chase, anthropologist Eduardo Kohn and other researchers across the world, Beauvais is now elaborating THE WITNESS, a three-year long multispecies site-specific open laboratory with humans and more-than-humans in South America, North America, Africa, India, Russia, the Arabic region, China and Switzerland.

For a complete biography (en/fr) and a full list of works click here

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Platform for Experimental Music

Artistic director, curator

Ackerstrasse 1 

CH-8005 Zürich

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