Burnt-Out Wife explores the decay and detritus of a once-promising marriage. Separation, sex deprivation, and lack of communication add up to wanting to run from the popular, yet impossible binding contract. Using her comedic text-driven dance style, Sara Juli blows up marriage. Original Costume by Carol Farrell, Set Design by Pamela Moulton, Dramaturgy by Michelle Mola and Lighting Design by Justin Moriarty.
Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis is about motherhood- its beauty, challenges, isolation, comedy and influence on the human experience. This evening-length solo uses humor, movement, sounds, songs, text and audience participation to reveal “all that is awesome and all that sucks” when it comes to being a mother.
"She had the audience laughing out loud as she lay bare her personal secrets."
Using movement, text, sound, song, and a catwalk runway, acclaimed comedic performers, Claire Porter and Sara Juli, upend our day-to-day, necessary-to-survive, rule-rituals in The Lectern, and find the hilarious in the rule-bending of our daily lives.
"The piece maintains it’s comedic high throughout, as the women enact etiquette lessons and lecture us on proper manners. Porter and Juli are a hilarious, dynamic pair." - The Dance Enthusiast
Death, a dance-theater piece that addresses the taboo topic of death. After losing her father tragically to cancer, Juli experienced first-hand our culture’s inability to deal with death. She was amazed that something inevitable was so uncomfortable for people who, in particular, seemed to struggle to find the right thing to say and do. In this 50-minute solo performance, Juli uses movement, text, song, gesture, sounds, humor and audience interaction to present a reflection on the awkwardness of death.
photo credit: Derek Anderson
Commissioned by American Dance Festival
Liar. Gossip. Hypocrite. Sara Juli reveals insider information about the administration of the arts in her “latest permutation of words caught in her throat” (Gay City News) and the movement that follows. Deep Throat reveals the gossip behind the girl. Juli, “…a light of the downtown dance and theatre scene” (New Yorker), in her newest solo Deep Throat fusing movement, text and song to expose the humor and danger in leaking information to others.
If you risk losing everything, you stand to gain so much more in return. In her riskiest piece ever, Sara cashes-out her entire savings account of $5,000 and gives it away to audience members as a way to overcome her “money issues”.
“A Truly Generous Performance… Onstage Sara Juli gives of herself. And her bank account”
This piece is the reconciliation of a promiscuous past using movement, text and song. Costume by Roxana Ramseur and Lighting by Jeremy Morris.
“In her pomo vaudeville monologue How to Forgive Yourself in Bed, Juli casts herself as a zaftig, ebullient beauty in a raucously sequined swim suit who has “promiscuity issues”…its nerve is undeniable”
On her grandmother’s deathbed, Sara promised she would marry a Jewish man. Burden is the letting go of that promise as the character faces her true love for a non-Jew, and her realization that she must leave her Holocaust past behind in order to live her own life.
“…some of the summer’s best work happened far from an ADF mainstage…Sara Juli’s engaging, experimental dance theater solo, Burden”
Voted Best of Dance 2003 by the Independent Weekly, this work was created with the notion that, as emotional beings, our psyches are comprised of hundreds of “parts”.
“…a humerous, hyper-critical play-by-play commentary on the moves she made while making them, before arm and upper body gestures ultimately suggested that reaching for perfection is a lot like reaching for the moon”- Independent Weekly, Durham, NC