Biography

Julia Pond is an independent dance artist with over twenty years of experience as a choreographer, teacher, facilitator and performer. An expert in Isadora Duncan technique and repertory, her contemporary research interests are around feminist politics, art and motherhood, time and capitalism. Her choreography, which often includes musicians, has been presented by Exit Festival Roma, The Musicall Compass, Cloud Dance Festival London, Katharine Hepburn Theatre (CT), the Art Monastery (Italy), Round in Circles Productions (Margate) and others. She was a founding member of contemplative social sculpture community the Art Monastery Project, and is a co-director of Duncan Dance Project. As a performer she has worked with artists Serena Korda and Zorka Wolny, performed with Duncan Dance Project in Austin, Nashville, Chicago, and Washington DC. She performed in Lori Belilove’s Isadora Duncan Dance Company (2001-2005) and Barbara Kane’s Isadora Duncan Dance Group (2013-2016). Teaching includes Lincoln University (UK), Bernie Grant Center (London), Peoples’ Friendship University (Moscow), and others throughout the US and Europe. From 2014-2017 she co-organised the Isadora Duncan International Symposium. 

Julia holds a BFA in Dance from Boston Conservatory  (where she was mentored by Limon principle Jennifer Scanlon) and is currently a Leverhulme Arts Scholar completing an MFA in Creative Practice (Dance Professional Practice) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire where she is researching how somatics, Duncan and contemplative work can create practices and performances that interrupt the endless growth + acceleration of our capitalist system and hold open a space where new collective decisions are possible.  

Works 

Song of the Sibyl (excerpt) 
Dance, poetry and music exploration of the Sibyls myth cycle: Greco-Roman seers and goddesses who were both powerful and prisoners. Cast of singer, actor, dancers, original text Nika Gorodetskaya. Toured in London, New York, CT and Rome.
 
Excerpt: Song of the Sibyl
Bach Motets (Trailer)
Choreographed concert blurring the boundaries between singers and dancers, presented at St John’s Smith Square, created with the Musicall Compass. 

La Clausura Sconfinata (The Cloister without walls) 
Baroque music, Gregorian chant and modern dance interweave in an interdisciplinary work exploring the paradoxical inner richness of life within the cloister.