Julie Mayo Artist Statement
I make dances with an interest in the mutability of movement, sound and language with the goal of creating a palpable experience that is evocative, rather than informative. My choreography is rooted in a perceptual inquiry inside conditions that are constructed, as well as happenstance. I hone a delicate circuitry of movement, vocalization and sound threads to enable a shared lyrical consciousness amongst the performers which transmits to an audience, through the performer’s heightened awareness, ease in shifting tone and, often, sense of humor. Through foregrounding the poetics of each work, I invite an encounter with alternative modes of meaning-making.
Julie Mayo is a movement based artist in New York whose work has been called
“associative, sometimes absurd,” by The New Yorker. Making dances that foreground
performance as content and resist easy description of lived experience Mayo’s work has
been presented in New York by Gibney Dance, The Chocolate Factory, The Kitchen,
Movement Research at the Judson Church, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, JACK and
Dixon Place and nationally by Highways in Los Angeles, Columbus Dance Theater (OH)
and NOHspace and Dance Mission in San Francisco. Mayo was a 2017-2018
Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, a 2014-2015 New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks
artist, and is the recipient of previous residencies at UCross Foundation, Djerassi,
Yaddo, Mount Tremper Arts, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and the Virginia Center for
Creative Arts. Mayo is currently a 2020-2021 Dance in Process (DiP) resident artist at
Gibney Dance and her next evening length work, Nerve Show, will premiere at Target
Margin Theater in Brooklyn, September 2021.