Julie-Anne Long 'Val, The Invisible'. Photo credit: Heidrun Lohr

Julie-Anne Long

Julie-Anne Long is an artist-scholar and Lecturer in Dance and Performance at Macquarie University. She works in a variety of dance contexts as a performer, choreographer, director, producer, mentor, dramaturg, and curator. Julie-Anne has a significant solo practice, as well as a more communal, collaborative way of working with other like-minded artists, with the diversity of Australian contemporary performance.


Collaborators in residence with Julie-Anne:

Sam James has been a filmmaker and projection designer for performance since 1995. His focus has been to collaborate with new media, dance and theatre projects to develop integrated, paradoxical languages in live performance. He has been a regular contributor to Performance Space for ten years also filling a role as video documenter for many independent dancers there. His approach to the moving image is to be equivalent to the live body, encompassing space, rhythm and time with the use of video. Most of his work involves animation of motion jpeg images to expose the subconscious of natural and urban environments and objects, but on the other end of the spectrum, he trained in architecture and film. Although he spends most of his time working on small, independent developments he has regularly contributed to the major festivals in Australia, from Adelaide to Perth to Alice Springs.

Glenn Thompson is a musician who first came to prominence in Brisbane QLD playing in the popular local bands Madam Bones Brothel with Pearly Black and John Rodgers, and COW with Robert Morre and David McCormack. Thompson was a member of The Go-Betweens from 2001 until its demise in 2006. Thompson formed Beachfield in 2006 as a vehicle for his songwriting. In July 2013 Thompson was named in the top ten greatest alternative drummers in Australia. Thompson's most recent concerts in Sydney's inner wet have been with a three piece family band called The Answers with his son Wintah on electric guitar and daughter Nellie on synthesizer.

Ekrem Mülayim is a Sydney-based composer, born in Istanbul, Turkey. Currently doing a Master's degree in composition at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Ekrem has been actively involved in the Australian music scene since his arrival in 2005. Along with his involvement in new music, he specialises in composing for theatre, film, and dance.His theatre credits include Belvoir Street Theatre productions of Yellow Moon, Cut and The Kiss, Tell it like it isn't for Australian Theatre for Young People and Vigil for Spirit House Theatre Company. His other collaborations include Critical Path, Campbelltown Arts Centre for Composers-Choreographers Lab Residency, The Australian Voices and The Song Company.

Curatorial Team

Martin del Amo, originally from Germany, is a Sydney-based dancer and choreographer. He is best known for his full-length solos, fusing idiosyncratic movement and intimate storytelling. In recent years, Martin has extended his practice to choreographing group works and solos for others including Anatomy of an Afternoon (2012), Mountains Never Meet (2011) and various solos for his ongoing multi-part choreographic project, Slow Dances For Fast Times. Martin regularly teaches for a wide range of arts organisations and companies and has extensively worked as mentor and consultant on projects initiated by young and emerging artists. He also writes and regularly contributes to RealTime magazine. His work has toured nationally and internationally (UK, Japan, Brazil).

Justine Shih Pearson is a designer, curator and scholar of contemporary dance and performance with a particular interest in intercultural and hybrid practices. Trained originally in theatre design at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she has published in About Performance, Extensions and RealTime, and recently completed her doctoral dissertation at the University of Sydney; titled “In the In-Between,” the project looks at minute experiences of dislocation and disorientation within performances of interculturality, arguing for an expanded notion of embodiment and spatiality in understanding cultural performance. Justine has been the acting director of Critical Path, a choreographic research centre in Sydney.

Narelle Benjamin has worked with many Australian and international choreographers and companies. She has worked on award-winning films as choreographer, director, and dancer and won the award for best short film in 1999 at the Sydney film festival and an Australian Dance Award for Dance on Film for Restoration. Narelle’s work ‘In Glass’, with performers, Kristina Chan, Paul White, and video artist Samuel James, won the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance in 2011.


This residency will enable director, Julie-Anne Long, and collaborators: Sam James; Glenn Thompson; Ekrem Eli Phoenix, to focus on film installation: TROUBLE: a place in time, and Martin del Amo, Justine Shi Pearson, Rhiannon Newton and Raghav Handa, to curate a public participatory performance event, Project Workspace. Both developments are part of a larger project, Dance in the City that engages with an inclusive gathering of artists from the Sydney independent dance sector, supporting a diversity of dance work to make visible the practices of this dance community.