Assistant Professor & Resident Choreographer

Julian Barnett is a multicultural choreographer, performer, arts advocate, and educator. Born in Tokyo, Japan and based in New York City, Germany, The Netherlands, and now Vermont, Julian works collaboratively across disciplines to create performances that examine the social-political possibilities for transformation and empathy. Through the lenses of movement, philosophy, musicology, science, and the supernatural, Julian's current research revolves around notions of (in)visibility within performance and examines his own cultural contexts as a fulcrum for inquiry, activism, and possibility.

Julian's work has been presented throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, and extensively across Europe. He has created work for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ormao Dance Company, and received invitations from Danspace Project, Gibney Dance, Movement Research at Judson Church, The Joyce Theater (NY), Performática (Mexico), Tangente (Montreal), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen), La Briqueterie - CDC Val-de-Marne (France), Dansateliers (Rotterdam), La Visiva (Barcelona), Body Arts Lab (Tokyo), and the i-Dance Festival (Hong Kong), amongst others. A few notable highlights are his duet Bridge, which has performed in over 6 different countries, his solo The Clean State, which was a finalist in the Sadlers Wells Global Dance contest in London, UK, and his evening-length work Sound Memory, which was selected as "Best Dances of 2009" by Time Out New York Magazine. Julian has been a Resident Artist at Springboard Danse Montreal, K3 Tanzplan Hamburg, The Joyce Theater Foundation in New York, Bates Dance Festival in Maine, and was a danceWEB Scholar at the Impulstanz Festival in Vienna, Austria, where he was mentored by choreographer Benoît Lachambre. Working in theater, Julian has choreographed/staged productions at the Berkshire Theater Festival, Spoleto Festival, Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, and numerous off-Broadway venues in New York City, and has also acted in productions of The Who's Tommy, Iphegenia in Taurus and others. As a performer, Julian has collaborated with a wide range of dance/theater artists, working with Johannes Wieland and his Staatstheater Kassel, Lar Lubovitch, Doug Elkins, Larry Keigwin, and the Metropolitan Opera with Doug Varone. More recently he has worked with Steve Paxton, Wally Cardona, Daria Fain, Jeanine Durning, and Kota Yamazaki, for which he received a New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award nomination for Outstanding Performer. He has also performed in the films of Celia Rowlson-Hall and Jessica Brillhart.

As an educator, Julian aims to create a culture of curiosity towards the intersections of what is known and what is unknown by expanding the students' physical and psychological perspectives of what dance is, how it can function towards social transformation, and how it can be utilized for personal growth. He has shared his practices and perspectives locally and abroad frequently leading workshops at Gibney Dance in NYC, Dance Italia in Italy, B12 Festival in Berlin, Architanz in Tokyo, and as guest faculty at Princeton University, NYU Tisch, The Juilliard School, SUNY Purchase, California Institute for the Arts, Colby College, Middlebury College, ArtEZ University in the Netherlands, and many more. Julian began breakdancing as a child, and continued his studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, receiving his BFA, competed his MA in Choreography at ArtEZ University in The Netherlands, and earned his MFA in Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Barnett in the news

Bessie Award Nomination - Outstanding Performer, 2018
Dance Enthusiast Interview, 2018:
Julian Barnett (Photo by Alan Kimara Dixon)

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

contemporary dance; composition; improvisation; performance studies


  • MFA, University of the Arts, Philadelphia
  • M.A., ArtEZ University of the Arts, The Netherlands
  • B.F.A., New York University


Office Location:

Royall Tyler Theatre, Room 305

Office Hours:

Tuesdays & Thursdays - by appointment only