Julia Mach –independent dancer and choreographer. A native of Austria. After graduating from the Vienna State Opera Ballet School in 1997, she studied philosophy at the University of Vienna, and then continued her dance education at undergraduate level in Hogeschool voor Muzeik en dans in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). In April 2010 she earned her MA in “Movement Studies & Performance” at Bruckner University in Linz, Austria.
In 2002 she won DanceWebEurope scholarship, programme promoting young choreographers. She gained her first experience on professional dance stage in Graz Opera (Austria); then she worked as an independent artist in Vienna, collaborating with such artists as Chris Haring (Liquid loft), Liz King (Tanztheater Wien), Georg Blaschke, Rose Breuss, Doris Ebner and Roderich Madl (Pilottanzt) as well as Elio Gervasi and Catherine Guerin. As part of a foreign scholarship rewarded by the Austrian Office of the Federal Chancellor of Art, she collaborated with Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre from Gdańsk and performed in their performance Eden (2006). Two years later, she also participated in this group’s project entitled Barricade of Love (2008). In 2005 she was nominated by a prestigious magazine “Ballettanz International” for the most interesting young dancer to watch. Recently she has also been nominated for the Rolex-Mentor-Protégé Arts Initiative.
One year later (2006) she took part in the reworking of Le Sacre du Printemps (Święto wiosny), mainly in 3D technology. Ars Electronica Futurelab was responsible for technical aspects of the project, and Klaus Obermaier – for its artistic aspects. Mach appeared in the performance as a soloist, dancing in an empty space, stretching around the artist and on her body, presented to spectators through a three-dimensional multimedia animation. The performance was played in many European countries, among other in the Royal Festival Hall in London and for the inauguration of Aarhus Festival, in front of the Danish queen. At the same time, she collaborated with multimedia artists in Poland and Austria.
In 2007 she created the premiere of her first performance Visitores – a duo in collaboration with a Polish dancer and choreographer Filip Szatarski. The performance had its premiere in Austria in 2009 at Tanz IST Festival. Her subsequent performance – a solo the fishinyou (idea and dramaturgy: Filip Szatarski) had its premiere in Austria at Burgenländische Tanztage, and after its presentation at Tanzwut in Vienna, it was rewarded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Arts. In 2010 she created the last of her own performances, a duo Alien anonymous with Anna Nowak (choreographic consultation and dramaturgy: Filip Szatarski), which had its premiere in Vienna. All productions by Mach were also presented in Tricity (Club “Żak” in Gdańsk) as part of the Gdańsk Dance Festival.
In 2010 Mach performed in Hungrige Herzen by Patrz Mi na Usta Theatre of Krzysztof ”Leon” Dziemaszkiewicz. In December 2010 she took part in a dance performance based on the Dorota Masłowska’s novel White and Red, created by Joanna Czajkowska (Sopot Dance Theatre) at Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk. She played Magda in the performance.