I create performance experiences which forge audience members together in the cauldron of the living room Ouija board sleepover. My work verges upon the questions and uncertainties of the human condition through experiments in comedy and ritual. In a piece that I create, audiences will reflect on what awes and inspires them personally, and they’ll often have a chance to speak to that. Through sharing performances, I build containers to engage with the unknown and continually endeavor to embody a Rogue Theology.
I am most fulfilled as a performer when the audience is having a lot of fun, a really good time and when they are opening up to trust each other, share personal stories and walk in the dark together. These elements juxtapose one another at different times throughout a piece and they create a cohesive, complementary experience.
ROGUE THEOLOGY: Artful experimentation as a means of engaging with theological/philosophical questions. It is Rogue in that its expression is meant to be wild and full of life in such a way that it juts out from shared expectations. It is Theological as it is meant to speak to cultural phenomena from a spiritual ground.
ABOUT JULIA BRANDENBERGER: I create work around questions of value, status and worth within a community and within society at large. I use performance as a lens of philosophy to engage with questions of how we value our lives and how we make sense of our failures and longings.
The work has been mostly influenced by 20 years of classical ballet culture and training, being an American, 1 semester at the Headlong Performance Institute, 1 year at the Institute for Contemporary Performance, luck in running into some amazing authors and teachers, about 2 years studying Clown with Donna Oblongata, 1 year at Pendle Hill Centre for Quaker Studies, 2 years of Christopher Uhl's Biological Sciences teaching, Michael Meade's books, and study of ritual and ceremony.
I've had excellent mischeif training attending the Philadelphia Folk Festival for 26 years.
CURRENT NEWS AND TRAINING:
I am enrolled in the Institute for Contemporary Performance's training program in Portland OR and currently working on launching a new dance project:
Positive Ballet- www.positiveballet.com
SoLow Fest is making its way from Philadelphia to the west coast!