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Julia Griffin Artistic Director of VOIDANCE Company (Professional Touring Dance and Multi Media Company. Julia Griffin Artistic Director of Move Dance Company (Adult Community Performance Company) and CCDM (Adult Community Contemporary Dance Classes) European Freelance Dance Artist: Julia Griffin A graduate from Middlesex University with a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts, a Special Certificate in Choreography and Performance from London Contemporary Dance School and an MA in Media Arts from MMU. Since graduating, she has been working with national and international dance companies, artists and leading dance professionals. She is involved in intermedia discourse and trans-disciplinary works. She is a successful protagonist of the synergies of cross-media content – and the hybridity of dance forms. This includes the utilisation of different expressive, visual and narrative languages, which experiments with these interrelations. Part of her praxis is to critically consider the fractures and fissures of images as transformations, that allow social interactions, that leads to inclusion in art practices and activities. Her logic as an artist is to open up and interrogate the boundaries of actual and potential socially constructed realities. Her work looks at developing new movement languages through cross art form fertilisation, allowing a different level of response to and from movement. She engages with dance theatre, visual art practices, anatomical work and how this relates to and has an impact on a new generation of practitioners within the creative arts environment. She develops her work in a multi and inter-disciplinary environment, exploring the components of structure without adornment and the possibility of a reductive process that allows for performative precision and clarity. It is through this exploration of creating new ways of moving, devising new methodologies for creating original and thought provoking works that encourage participation and cross fertilisation of art forms. Hence, for the past twenty years, she has investigated, explored and experimented with dance through various creative collaborative projects that have examined 'live' and mediated performance environments. Her performance work has been seen in the UK and Europe with companies such as Gestures Dance Company, Swamp Circus, Glee Club, Sensa Tempo, Twisted Collision Dance Theatre, Red Ladder Theatre CO, Robert Hylton, Voidance Co and The GEF House Experiment (Winners of the Turn Prize 2009 for 'Three Crows on the Road'). Previous collaborative works with artists include Stephen Petronio, Emilyn Claid, David Massingham, Earl Lloyd Hepburn, Siobhan Davies, Hans Tuerling, the late Lea Parkinson, Penny Arcade, Julie Tollentino, Katherine Dawson, Pete Purdy, Lawrence Turnball, Ruth Gibson and Bruno Marteli (Igloo), and the late Jeremy James Her performance work has been seen on BBC 1's OK 2 TALK FEELINGS, BBC's 10x10: NIGHTFRONTIER, Granada T.V Best of the Fest and Manchester International Festival (Sensa Tempo and 'The Assembly'). She has been involved in various Dance for Camera projects, including TWISTED COLLISION'S award winning 'TREADING WATER', which was part of VIDEO POSITIVE in 1995. She is Artistic Director of CCDM, Move Dance Company (Community dance provision), VOIDANCE Co (professional project based company) and founder member of Submerge (music, visual art and dance).Her work as a freelance dance and performance artist in the North West, nationally and internationally has allowed a strong collaborative element within to her work. She has worked alongside visual artists, musicians, photographers, video and installation artists, leading choreographers, directors. established and emerging dance artists. Artistic policy or company description: VOIDANCE Co and Move Dance Company are two innovative professional and community based dance companies that integrate multi media visuals with cutting edge contemporary dance works. Julia Griffin, is a freelance dance artist operating in the UK and Europe with extensive knowledge and experience in teaching, performing and choreographing contemporary dance and dance for camera film works. She has collaborated with various artists, dance companies, theatre practitioners, vocational and academic institutions in the UK and Europe. Dance Style: Contemporary Dance and Dance Theatre and Visual Arts integrated. Scale of performance: All of these can be used for both companies, as works are tailored to specific commissions: small, medium, large, alternative spaces/ site specific.

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