VDA Artist Profile #55

Julian Barnett

Julian Barnett is a performer, choreographer, educator, and arts advocate. He creates performances that examine the social-political possibilities for transformation and empathy, through the lenses of philosophy, musicology, science, and the supernatural. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Northern California, Julian has lived and worked in New York (as well as the Netherlands and Germany) for the past 18 years and continues to keep a strong connection there. He is thrilled to be in Burlington, joining the faculty at the University of Vermont's Dance Program and interacting with the community of artists.

Prior to UVM, Julian was on faculty at Middlebury College, and has also taught at Princeton, NYU Tisch, Juilliard, CalArts, and other contexts. As a student, Julian earned his BFA in Dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Julian's life in dance has been guided by the strong mentorship from choreographers he has had the privilege of working with including, Steve Paxton, Jeanine Durning, Wally Cardona, Larry Keigwin, Lar Lubovitch, Kota Yamazaki, Johannes Wieland, and others.