Sara Juli Biography
Sara Juli has been creating and performing innovative work since 2000. In New York City, her work has been performed in numerous venues including Performance Space 122, Chocolate Factory Theater, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, Movement Research at Judson Church, Joe’s Pub as part of the Dancenow/NYC Festival, 92nd Street YMCA, Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Joyce Soho, Bushwick Starr, The Flea Theater, and Dixon Place among others. Nationally, her work has been performed at Napa Valley Opera House, Connecticut College, UC Riverside, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Skidmore College, UAlbany, Artown Reno, IN’s Center for the Performing Arts, TEDx Dirigio, and many more. In February 2006, she created and performed her first full-evening solo show, The Money Conversation in a sold-out run at PS122. The Money Conversation toured nationally and internationally from 2007 to 2012 to sold-out houses in The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, London, Russia, and around the United States. The piece received notable press coverage in The New York Times, The New York Post, and Time Out (New York and New Zealand), on Fox Five News, and National Public Radio.
Sara’s most recent solo, Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis premiered in Portland, ME at SPACE Gallery in October 2015. Since then, it has toured to Bates Dance Festival, 3S Artspace, The Dance Complex, Asheville Masonic Temple, Amherst College, and many more, including performances at American Dance Festival in June 2016 and The Chocolate Factory Theater in NYC in October 2016. The show toured to Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in August 2017 for a month-long run and is currently touring to ten cities in 2018. Tense Vagina is represented by Elsie Management. The show received a 2015-16 New England Foundation for the Arts NEST Touring Grant, a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation USArtists International Grant, an American Dance Abroad Grant, a New England Foundation for the Arts New England Dance Fund Grant and is the recipient of NEFA’s prestigious National Dance Project Touring grant for 2017 & 2018. Sara is an Affiliated Artist of Bates College. Sara is also proud to have been awarded the 2017 Maine Fellow for the Performing Arts by the Maine Arts Commission.
Sara’s fundraising consulting practice, Surala Consulting, is entering its eighth year and advises national artists and non-profits on strategic fundraising solutions. Sara was awarded the Arts Management Award from Brooklyn Arts Exchange in 2013 and is an Advisory Board member of The Field in NYC and Co-Chair of the Bates Dance Festival Advisory Committee in Lewiston, ME where she also taught, The Business of Dance in summer 2015 and 2016 and this summer 2018. Sara is a sought after teacher and guest lecturer in the field of fundraising and has been invited to teach at Bates College, Connecticut College, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Gibney Dance Center, Movement Research, The Field, Dance Theater Workshop, The Laundromat Project, The Dance Complex, Harlem Arts Alliance, New York Live Arts, American Dance Festival, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, among others. She graduated with honors from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, with degrees in Dance and Anthropology. After 15 years in NYC, Sara relocated to Falmouth, ME in 2014, with her husband and two children. Since moving to the Portland area, Sara has been active in growing the contemporary dance scene and has launched a new dance series called, Maine Moves, an ongoing ChoreoLab series, and is a Curatorial Advisor at SPACE Gallery for their new dance and performance series and dance film series. www.sarajuli.com and www.suralaconsulting.com