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Artsadmin Weekenders: Julia Bardsley

Julia Bardsley

£60 per Weekender
(You must be available to attend both days)

Julia Bardsley shares her strategies for instigating, developing & inhabiting personas. Calling on her own catalogue of perverse identities, including the Director & the Actress from Trans-Acts, the One & the Other from Almost The Same, MC Profit from Aftermaths, The Step from meta_Family & most recently, the mythic medea. Julia sets up structures, rituals & provocations to illicit unique presences and psychological bodies. She will work with notions of disguise on the cusp of the self, the transformative power of the wig, dressing in the bodies of others and creating abstract physiques, skins & wounds.

This workshop is for performers/creators from all disciplines and levels of experience or simply for those who enjoy dressing up for the liberating & dangerously delicious sensation of being ‘Other’.

Julia Bardsley is a theatre artist working with an interplay of performance, video, photography, extreme garments, sculptural objects and the configuration of the audience. In 2006 she set in motion a series of solo pieces, collectively entitled The Divine Trilogy, that have been presented in London, Glasgow, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, Belgium & Italy. During 2010/11. Julia developed a modular ensemble piece called the meta_Family, presented in Teresina & Rio, Brazil, Outside AiR -QMU, London & this spring in Trouble#8 Festival, Brussels. Medea: dark matter events is an on-going research project in collaboration with Brazilian artist, Jacob Alves. An installation of the Medea material was presented in Deptford X 2011 & the MEDEAROOM, a performance/installation, premiered at the What Matters Festival, London in April 2012.

With long term collaborator Andrew Poppy, Julia is joint partner of BARDSLEY_POPPY projects. They have recently completed the first stage of Clube Redondo, experimental workshops with 6-10 year olds, co-produced with CasaBranca (Lisbon/Lagos).

Julia is an Artsadmin Associate Artist.

“Bardsley is a really fascinating artist…She could have been running the National Theatre by now, but instead quite deliberately chose a different career path. In recent years she has been making inspired and unsettling work on the cusp between the theatre and the gallery.”
Lyn Gardner The Guardian


Date and time

3–4 November 2012

Please note
This is now a past event.


Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6AB
Tel: 020 7247 5102
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