Julia Riera
choreography, artistic director

Julia Riera (geb. 1976) received her education at the Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg in the Netherlands. In 2001 she completed a study year at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Israel. During and after her studies she worked with Uri Ivgi, Piet Rogie, Angie Hiesl, Reut Shemesh, Barbara Fuchs, Marco Santi and the Bavarian State Opera as well as with different productions in Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark.
In 2005 she became the scholarship holder of the Kunststiftung NRW (Art Foundation in North Rhine- Westphalia) and did a study visit in New York and worked with Trisha Brown, Merce Cuningham, Jennifer Muller und Dance Space. Since 2004 she creates her own works. She was nominated for the Cologne Dance Prize with Rush in 2006 i.a.
She created works as a guest choreographer at the Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg and Cologne. In 2009 she formed the group MIRA with Julia Franken.
In May 2017 she won the “Best Duo” Prize with MIRA5 at the International SoloDuo Festival in Cologne..

The common theme of my artistic work is the connection between inner and outer spaces. I am fascinated by emotions and stories beneath the surface of a human being. Whether it is a situation, an encounter, a cultural code or a space – both the obvious and the hidden.

As a choreographer everything you can sense and what is left to imagination creates curiosity and creativity.
Entering an atmosphere of a special place – whether or not private or public – I sense the fascination of a space that I am in. That is why I deal with the element of a space so intensively in my artistic work: with the physical space in us and the space you can actually see. I am particularly interested in emotional and atmospheric spaces that develop into something like if, for instance, feelings are bubbling or lie beneath the surface.