I create performance experiences which forge audience members together in recognition of our shared humanity; the joys and pains, the agony and ecstasy of what it is to be fully engaged with life. My work delves into the questions and uncertainties of the human condition through experiments in comedy and ritual. I create pieces in which audiences reflect on what awes and inspires them personally, often giving them 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.
I interrogate ballet. I create a model of ballet that seeks to be inherently empowering to women, inclusive and useful to a variety of people and freed from the constraints of an exclusive and narrow elite.
ROGUE THEOLOGY: the practice of experimentation and creating performances 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 address debilitating constraints of expectations. 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.
I’ve been influenced by 21 years of classical ballet culture and training, studying at Headlong Performance Institute and the Institute for Contemporary Peformance, studying theology at Penn State Univ. and with Quakers both in my local meetings and at Pendle Hill. I’m greatly influenced by the writings of Michael Meade and Thomas Moore, and also my personal study of ritual and ceremony.
I've had excellent mischief training attending the Philadelphia Folk Festival for 26 years.
We had an amazing first year of SoLow PDX! Thank you to all of our artists!!
Please take a look in the “upcoming” tab for future performances happening in July 2019