Dedicated to the vital role of art in society, Julian Barnett seeks to nurture unabashed experimentation, unveil an authentic physical voice and reach people on a multifaceted level through current and motivating themes.
Seeking to define his innate curiosity of undiscovered physical art, Julian began seriously choreographing in 2005 and has since shared his interpretations internationally.
Known for his physical and original works, Julian introduced his artistic voice through a sold-out run at New York's Joyce SoHo in 2006. His first duet (FLOAT) originally premiered at the introductory La Mama Moves Festival and was then invited into the repertory of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, HS II and performed by the Juilliard School. He has received commissions from Danspace Project (SOUND MEMORY), SUNY Purchase (ECHOLOGUE), Duo Multicultural Arts Center (PIANO ROOM), Dance New Amsterdam (ORIGIN) and has been presented by Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, Movement Research, PS 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Symphony Space, Joyce SoHo, Joe's Pub at the Public Theater and internationally in China, Germany, Canada, Austria, and Mexico.
As a teacher, he has taught master classes at numerous universities and international conservatories, and has been a guest artist at the Kassel State Theater (Germany), Dance New Amsterdam, and both Florida and Bates Dance Festivals navigating the potential of future and professional dancers.
Born on an US Air Force base in Tokyo, Japan and transplanted to his native California, Julian spent his childhood studying maps, playing the guitar and breakdancing. Inspired to articulate his body through performance, he found a mentor in Jean Marie-Martz at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, who taught him how to move his body with ballet shoes on. Continuing exploration at the Joffrey Ballet and NYUs Tisch School of the Arts, Julian went on to began influential friendships with Wally Cardona, Larry Keigwin and Johannes Wieland, where he performed alongside Pina Baushs Tanztheater. Other influential artists Julian has worked with include Lar Lubovitch, Eun Me Ahn, Doug Elkins, Kevin Wynn, Shapiro and Smith, and Doug Varone with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.