Julia Rhoads

Julia Rhoads is a choreographer who has been described as “Chicago’s resident surrealist” in the Chicago Sun Times, and “adept at both provocative and humorous material” in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art. In 1999, she founded the dance theater company Lucky Plush Productions, and has since created 30 original works with the company including performance installations, 2 dance films and 6 evening-length interdisciplinary productions. As an independent artist, Julia’s work has been presented in venues and universities across the U.S including commissions for Alaska Dance Theater, Mordine and Company Dance Theater, and twice for River North Chicago Dance Company. She has also directed and choreographed for theater, performance and film companies including Redmoon Theater, Walkabout Theater, Hyperdelic, and the interdisciplinary collective M5. Julia is formerly a company member of the San Francisco Ballet, a collaborating ensemble member of XSIGHT! Performance Group, and she has been a guest artist with Beppie Blankert Danceworks, the Itinerant Theater Guild, and Baubo Performance Project. Julia has received a Cliff Dwellers Foundation Award for Choreography, two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships for Choreography, a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award, a fellowship from the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, and has been selected as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2010. Julia earned a BA in History from Northwestern University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and she currently teaches part-time in the theater department at Columbia College Chicago.

Choreographic Fellow | October 5 – 11, 2008 • December 1 – 12, 2008

Punk Yankees

In preparation for her 10th anniversary retrospective, Rhoads designed a two-part residency to investigate the phenomenon surrounding sampling and pirating of art through discussions with colleagues and researchers in other fields.  “I am interested in unpacking the pervasive and popular idea that direct appropriation is a vehicle to make something transformative and not something that’s off limits anymore.”

During her residency Rhoads discussed Cyberlaw, piracy, appropriation and intellectual property issues with students, faculty and FSU scholars to feed the work. After the second residency with the full cast, she also shared and examined the work-in-progress with local audiences.

Punk Yankees premiered in October 2009 at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago.

  • Julia Rhoads MANCC Residency
  • Julia Rhoads MANCC Residency
  • Julia Rhoads MANCC Residency

Collaborators in Residence:  Jon Sherman [Dramaturge], Lia Bonfiliio, Asimina Chremos, Robbie Cook, Jenny Meek and Meghann Wilkinson [Lucky Plush Production dancers]

Featured Artist

Rosie Herrera

Dining Alone
April 8 - 9
Dance Place, (DC)

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