Sara Juli has been creating and performing innovative solo work since 2000. 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 and many more, including six performances at American Dance Festival in June 2016 and four performance at The Chocolate Factory Theater in NYC in October 2016. Tense Vagina received a 2015-16 New England Foundation for the Arts NEST Touring Grant and a New England Foundation for the Arts New England Dance Fund Grant.
In NYC, Sara’s work has been presented by Performance Space 122, Danspace Project, 92nd St. Y, Joe’s Pub as part of the Dancenow/NYC Festival, Joyce Soho, Bushwick Starr, and Dixon Place among others. Nationally, her work has been performed at Napa Valley Opera House, Connecticut College, UC Riverside, Bates College, Artown Reno, IN’s Center for the Performing Arts, among others. In February 2006, she created and performed her first full-evening solo show, The Money Conversation, where she gave away her life savings ($5,000 in cash), 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 is entering her third year of creating and performing dances with the inimitable performance artist, Claire Porter. Claire and Sara premiered an ADF commissioned piece, Small Stories at American Dance Festival in summer of 2015 and will premiere a new duet at ADF this summer in 2017.
Sara’s fundraising consulting practice, Surala Consulting, is in its seventh year and advises over 30 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 Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME where she also taught, The Business of Dance in summer 2015 and 2016. 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 Portland, ME in 2014, with her husband and two children.