Sara Juli has been creating and performing innovative comedic dance-theater for over two decades. In NYC, her work has been performed at Performance Space 122, The Chocolate Factory Theater, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, Movement Research at Judson Church, 92nd Street YMCA, and Dixon Place, among many others. Nationally, her work has been performed at American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Napa Valley Opera House, Connecticut College, The Yard, UC Riverside, SPACE, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Artown Reno, IN’s Center for the Performing Arts, Asheville Masonic Temple, The Dance Complex, TEDxDirigo, 3S Artspace, among many others. Her work has toured internationally to The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, London, Edinburgh, and Russia. Sara had the honor of creating and touring work with the inimitable Claire Porter from 2014-2018. Sara’s work is represented by Sheffield Global Arts Management.
Sara’s solo, Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis premiered in Portland, ME, at SPACE in 2015 and 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, a USArtists International Grant, and NEFA’s National Dance Project Touring grant where, as a result, Sara toured the show to ten cities during the 2018 Season. The show also played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in 2017 for a month-long run, produced by Underbelly. Sara is proud to have been awarded Maine Arts Commission’s Performing Arts Fellowship in 2017.
Sara’s newest solo, Burnt-Out Wife is a recipient of Maine Arts Commission support, New England Foundation for the Arts Expeditions Planning grant, a New England Dance Fund grant, a NEST touring grant and National Dance Project in 2019-2021. The show was scheduled to tour nationally in 2020-21.
After 15 years in NYC, Sara relocated to Southern Maine, in 2014, with her husband and two children. There she produces Maine Moves, a contemporary dance series presenting Maine-based artists, and is a curatorial advisor to SPACE's, Moving In Space performance series. She is Chair of Bates Dance Festival’s Advisory Board, and is also an Advisory Board member of The Field in NYC. Sara is an Affiliated Artist of Bates College. Her fundraising consulting practice, Surala Consulting, is in its eleventh 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 a frequent administrative mentor and grant panelist for The Boston Foundation’s Next Steps and LAB program.s She graduated with honors from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, with degrees in Dance and Anthropology. www.sarajuli.com and www.suralaconsulting.com @sarajulimoves