Bluefire Sleepwalking, from New York-based dance artist Julie Mayo, foregrounds the distinctive and collective workings of its performers as they negotiate the materiality of the choreographic. Created in collaboration with and performed by Justin Cabrillos, Ursula Eagly, Mia Martelli, EmmaGrace Skove-Epes, and Teddy Tedholm, with auditory scene by Nestor, Bluefire Sleepwalking is an experiment in the practice of performance, one that questions the graphic nature of choreography, and flirts with the multifacetedness of unnamed experience.
Mayo makes works that foreground performing as content and resist easy description of lived experience. Her most recent, Nerve Show, premiered in September 2021 and was a NYTimes Critic’s Pick. In New York City her work has been presented by Target Margin Theater, The Chocolate Factory, The Kitchen (DaP), Movement Research at the Judson Church, Gibney Dance, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, JACK, New York Live Arts (Fresh Tracks) and Dixon Place. She has also shared her work in her hometown Richmond, Virginia, as well as Seattle, Columbus, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Mayo was a 2020-2021 Dance in Process (DiP) resident artist at Gibney Dance, a 2017-2018 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and a 2014-2015 New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks artist. She is the recipient of previous residencies at UCross Foundation, Djerassi, Yaddo, Mount Tremper Arts, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Mayo is a facilitator/ teacher of creative and somatic practice, currently teaching through Movement Research and on her own platforms.