Julie Beauvais is an artist, director and curator based in Switzerland. Her body of work ranges from opera, theatre and choreographic works, to performative installations and transterritorial cooperation programs. Her art is driven by her interests in embodied experience and expanded consciousness and has been performed and exhibited internationally since 2001.
After graduating from Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, I co-found several companies in the United States, in Switzerland and in Denmark. For seven years, I research transnationally, exploring forms of epic theatre in diverse political contexts. The work leads to long term collaborations with Brazilian, Mongolian and Nicaraguan companies.
In 2006, I start directing operas and focusing on contemporary and experimental music. I create a platform for her research by founding BadNewsFromTheStars*, a transterritorial and transdisciplinary laboratory for innovative convergences of sonic explorations, scientific research and environmental studies. With my collaborators, I explore new perspectives on international cooperation for sustainable development in a context of emerging challenges and shifting paradigms. The approach tuned to ‘multispecies becoming with’ combines deep listening practices, sound art, music, conscious movement and scientific observations.
Invited to share my research, I am regularly collaborating with educational institutions including HEMU – Haute Ecole de Musique, ZHdK – Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Basel Academy of Music, Hochschule Luzern – Musik, EPFL – Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, International Theatre School of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Arthaus.Berlin International Training and Research Center, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore.
Recently, I choreographed and directed, with artist Horace Lundd, ORLANDO coproduced by La Bâtie-Festival de Genève, performed in, among other, Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires, Santiago a Mil Festival, Mostra Internacional de Teatro de São Paulo and the European biennial Manifesta13 in Marseille.
Since 2018, I am directing The Witness, a multispecies site-specific collaborative research with humans and more-than-humans in Europe, North America, South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa.
In 2020, I became director and curator of Zurich based SONIC MATTER_openlab and platform for experimental music. In 2021, I launched ALTER- Altitude Laboratory I Transition Experiments I Research, residency program for artists and researchers in Val d’Anniviers.