Julia Cotton

head of movement


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Julia began her career as a classical dancer with The Australian Ballet, later joined contemporary dance company Australian Dance Theatre and was a founding member and co-director of Etcetera, a visual performance group appearing in festivals in Australia, Canada, Singapore and the United Kingdom. As a choreographer Julia has worked with Company B Belvoir – Frogs (directed by Geoffrey Rush), Sydney Theatre Company - The Way of the World (directed by Gale Edwards), Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image – Exotic Pleasures and The Gypsy Boy and The Australian Ballet – Super Man. Julia was the director of Etcetera’s In Which Case and co-director of For Example and Etcetera Incorporated. She directed Bitumen Street Theatre for the Adelaide Festival of Arts; Spare Parts Puppet Theatre for the Perth International Festival; and was Artistic Director of Australian Theatre of the Deaf where she directed Savant, Language of One and Shape Up.

Julia worked at NIDA for 15 years first with esteemed movement teacher Keith Bain OAM and then on his retirement she became Head of Movement for the Acting Department and the post-graduate Movement Studies course. As well as choreographing many theatre productions at NIDA Julia also directed Ionesco’s Man with Bags, physical theatre productions Out of Reach, Footprints, In Transit, Time’s Up and Hypothetically and co-directed Nick Enright’s Country Music for the opening of the Parade Theatre.

Since leaving NIDA in 2009 Julia has worked for Company B Belvoir as choreographer on The Book of Everything (directed by Neil Armfield) and Theatre of Image’s Little Beauty (directed by Kim Carpenter) for the National Portrait Gallery. She wrote, directed and choreographed Backstage at the Ballets Russes for the National Gallery of Australia and performed in Drawing the Line; New, Next Now and You Beaut at the Art Gallery of NSW.

In 2010 Julia was instrumental in the editing, publishing and launch of the book Keith Bain on Movement. She has worked for the Bell Shakespeare Company, was acting Head of Movement at WAAPA in 2012 and 2013 and while in Perth worked with students at Curtin University. She also teaches at Actors Centre Australia, the Actors Pulse, the International Screen Academy and for the NIDA Corporate Performance Program. Julia is currently enrolled at the University of Wollongong doing a Master of Creative Arts and has joined the full-time staff at ACA taking up the position of Head of Movement.