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For the past 20 years Julia Griffin has been working as a dance artist in the UK and Europe and has gained a reputation for her extensive knowledge and experience in teaching, performing and choreographing contemporary dance/theatre and dance video/film works. She is a Senior Lecturer in Dance and Programme Leader for Dance and Drama at Edge Hill University. Julia has worked with national and international dance companies and leading dance professionals.
She has taught at various Vocational, Further and Higher Education Institutions including LIPA, Northern Ballet School, MMU, UCLAN, Middlesex University, LJMU, University of Chester and Salford University.
She is concerned with the investigation, exploration and experimentation of dance through cross art form collaborations. Projects include 'live' performance that juxtapose 'live action' and 'recorded action', dance and the ‘everyday actions of a body in motion’ and creating various short dance films and video dance installation works for established companies and multi-disciplinary artists.
It is through this hybrid practice that her work both within academia and the professional art sector, has developed ways of moving through artistic collaboration, devising methodologies for creating original and thought provoking works that encourage participation and cross fertilisation of art forms. It is her contention that exploring dance vocabulary through text, multi-media installations and filmed dance works, questions the notion of the ‘dancing body’ and what it means for the development of ‘the physical’ in different performative contexts.
She has performed with various companies, Gestures Dance Company, Swamp Circus, Glee Club, Sensa Tempo, Twisted Collision Dance Theatre, Red Ladder Theatre CO, Robert Hylton, Stark Dancers, Igloo, Common Ground Sign Dance Theatre and Axial Dance.

Previous collaborative work with artists include Emilyn Claid (UK), David Massingham (UK), Earl Lloyd Hepburn (UK), Siobhan Davies (UK), Hans Tuerling (GDR), the late Lea Parkinson (UK), Penny Arcade (US), Julie Tollentino (US), Katherine Dawson (UK), Pete Purdy (UK), Ruth Gibson and Bruno Martelli (Igloo.UK), Martin Lawrence (Richard Alston Dance Company), Phil Tune, Rachel Davies, Lawrence Turnball, Shaun Ryder (Black Grape), The Beautiful South and the late Jeremy James (UK).

Her work has been screened on BBC 1's OK 2 TALK FEELINGS, BBC's 10x10: NIGHTFRONTIER, MTV, Granada T.V 'Best of the Fest' and Manchester International Arts (Sensa Tempo, Penny Arcade), Estonia TV (Migrant Body Project), Slavin TV (Gestures Dance Company).
Her choreographic collaborations with Dance for Camera have been with TWISTED COLLISION'S award winning 'TREADING WATER', which was awarded by VIDEO POSITIVE in 1995, 'Golden Day Waltzing' intergenerational dance film commissioned by Heritage Lottery 2006 and choreography for Rachel Davies film installation 'The Assembly' for the Manchester International Festival 2007.
She was the only UK choreographer selected for 'The Migrant Body Project' involving five countries, five selected choreographers and 10 international dancers in 2007.
She has collaborated on 'Written on the Body', a Fracture Commission from the Arts Council, as performer and documentary filmmaker. An innovative 360 degree video installation screened at The Digital Planetarium in Birmingham's Think Tank. She produced several dance film shorts including ‘The Binsons’ and ‘Ran out of credit’ for The Cornerhouse and BBC’s ‘The Bigger Picture’, Filmoniks, Commonwealth Film Festival and Salford Film Festival and ‘Tourist Information’ for Turn Platform.

She has been engaged with community dance work for the past 20 years and has established an excellent educational reputation throughout the North West region with a broad range of participants from Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher education institutions, Young People through to Disabled, Adult and Elderly groups. She has worked with Common Ground Sign Dance Theatre, touring contemporary dance works that integrates hearing and deaf dancers for International Deaf and Disabled Arts Festivals as rehearsal director and performer.

She is also a performer and long term creative collaborator with Mark Edward and are co artistic directors of ‘In the head of Edward and Griffin’.
She has been awarded the inaugural Turn Prize for ‘Three Crows on the Road’ by the GEF House Experiment, which is a collective of dance artists (GRIFFIN, ENGINEER AND FISKE) based in Manchester. This current project examines narrative strategies in dance theatre and video installation environments.
Julia is currently writing about her work as a creative collaborator spanning a 20 year period entitled:
‘Why don’t you get a proper job?’ The Nature of Experiential Collaborative Practice in 'The Dancing Body'.

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