Julia Eichten grew up dancing in Minnesota. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she received the Hector Zaraspe Award in recognition of her choreography. Her work has appeared at venues ranging from Le Poisson Rouge to the Dumbo Dance Festival and Dance Theater of Harlem, and was choreographer-in-residence at The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard in 2011. In 2015, Eichten had the world premiere of her piece, O’de, in collaboration with Los Angeles Dance Project and Lil Buck at the Palace of Versailles. With ‘Kids Dance,’ at the Joyce Theater, she showed her work, Monsieur, which The New York Times dubbed “an elegantly clumsy solo.” She has danced with Camille A. Brown & Dancers and Aszure Barton & Artists and was a founding member of Los Angeles Dance Project, internationally performing works by Merce Cunningham, Justin Peck, Martha Graham, Danielle Agami, Emanuel Gat, Sidi Larbi, Ohad Naharin, and William Forsythe. Eichten continues to work with Gerard & Kelly as a performer and collaborator in works including Solange’s collaboration with Uniqlo, Metratronia, as well as a month of performances at Pioneer Works (NY) in Clockwork.
Recent engagements include an appearance in Carly Rae Jepsen’s music video “Too Much”; serving as assistant choreographer for One Republic’s upcoming music video, “Wanted”; premiering two new original works, She is Her at the Sweat Spot and PHRASEHXR at Highways Performance Space; and performing with direction by Kate Watson Wallace, music by HPrizm, and dramaturgy by Veronica Casado Hernandez in KIM, at RedCat.
Eichten recently premiered It’s my House and I Live Here, with concept and direction by Frances Chiaverini, at TOR Art Space in Frankfurt in collaboration with Whistle While You Work, an organization that promotes conversation around harassment, discrimination, and violence towards women and marginalized groups, particularly while at work in the arts. In November 2019, she was the associate choreographer for Solange and Gerard & Kelly’s bridge-s at The Getty Museum. She choreographed and performed in CAGE with pianist Conor Hanick and direction by Zack Winokur at the American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA and made her co-directorial debut in Through Movement with Ensemble Connect at Carnegie Hall. In March 2020, She performed with Alex Da Corte, with choreography by KWW, in a reimagining of Allan Kaprow’s Chicken. Eichten has been in process with choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith in her latest work, Broken Theater, an ongoing project with residencies at Mass MoCA and the La Mama Experimental Theatre Club.
Eichten recently premiered her film, “The Body Inside Me,” as a part of Solid Air’s first online festival, and has taught at CalArts, BeMoving, and Pieter Performance Space. She continues her personal practice of improvisation and experiments within and around a multitude of mediums including video, music, projection and collage.