A renowned classical ballet dancer from Paris, Julia Battist pushes herself hard. That is much to her credit. It is a superior quality in any milieu where people live to create, certainly to dance, and where there are so many competing ideas as to just what dance really is… especially modern dance.
Julia feels that insurmountable barriers to her creativity lie within the constraints intrinsic to the pre-defined scripted perfection required of classical ballet dancers. That perfection being her confirmed calling card in Europe, she is expanding her horizons way beyond the “predictability” of classical ballet while she is here in this country.
Nor is Julia alone in her belief that, when compared to Europe, the United States offers many more resources for refining one’s skills in modern dance and for drawing out a person’s own capacity for giving life to one’s creative inner drive. Hers is a wise, sober creative drive, seasoned with an enviable and fierce determination to seek knowledge and direction from mentors, teachers, and colleagues.
In the United States after having been selected and contracted by Washington DC based Dakshina Dance to perform with that renowned dance troupe, Julia has performed beautifully in complex original new works with Dakshina not only in Washington DC but across the United States, and in Europe and Asia as well. Her talents have impressed broad audiences and so many in the dance world as well; Julia is sought after and dances with other companies as well, including Company E at the Kennedy Center.
By her own resources, Julia Battist has discovered the very people and places here in the nation’s capital from whom and where, by her own judgment and others’, she can and does learn. They have discovered her, too.
More of that success is sure to come.
As beautiful and important as classical ballet is for performers and audiences the world over, it is in the United States above all where we find the creative leadership that is the essence of modern dance and contemporary ballet. To be a part of that artistry, to learn, to create, to perform with artists who share this passion…that is why I am here.
- 2008- Great Art Prize for her interpretation of “Nikiya” (la Bayadère) at the International dance contest of Dinant (Belgium)