Julia Pond is a transdisciplinary dance artist, teacher and researcher. Her work explores freedom within systems of control, increasingly through a practice-based and theoretical intertwining of dance and political economy. She works with improvised movement and text, humour, and, sometimes, bread dough, currently in the context of her performance project and fictional company BRED. Julia is a co-initiator of the podcast DanceOutsideDance, and is currently supported by AHRC TECHNE funding for her practice-based PhD research into visceral, embodied resistance to the growth economy at Kingston University. She is a core member of the Dancing Otherwise Network: Exploring Pluriversal Practices research network and the Race/Gender Matters Research Group at Kingston University.
As a performer Julia has worked with visual and dance artists including Serena Korda, Julie-Rose Bower, Colleen Bartley, Zorka Wollny, Tina Croll and in Lori Belilove’s Isadora Duncan Dance Company (2001-2005), Isadora Duncan Dance Group London / Paris (2011-2016) and her own Duncan Dance Project performing in venues like Symphony Space, Wellcome Collection, Kalamata Dance Festival, Ballet Meetings Festival (Lodz) Joyce Soho, Long Center Austin. Teaching credits include Independent Dance, TripSpace, Playground Rambert, Lincoln University, Intercultural Roots, People’s Friendship University Moscow, and others throughout the UK and Europe. She was a founding member of experimental contemplative-artistic social sculpture the Art Monastery Project (2008-2014). Julia’s original performance work has been seen at Trinity Laban (London), Exit Festival (Roma), St John’s Smith Square, Cloud Dance Festival London, Katharine Hepburn Theatre (CT, USA), the Art Monastery (Italy), Round in Circles Productions (Margate) and others.
She has presented research at various conferences and symposia, and was a co-organiser of the Isadora Duncan International Symposium between 2014-2018. Julia holds an MFA Creative Practice: dance professional from Trinity Laban / Independent Dance and an MA in International Relations. From 2010-2019 she had a parallel career as a director of content for travel companies Trip.com and Skyscanner.