James Batchelor is an award-winning choreographer from Australia with a performance practice in dance and visual arts. His projects examine the interactions between humans and the environment via a rigorous process of documentation and physical translation. Distinct physicalities and dynamic images are constructed from the careful analysis of specific sites and people.
Batchelor’s choreographic projects take him from densely populated urban environments to some of the most remote and inaccessible places in the world. His current project METASYSTEMS documents the radical transformation of urban environments through the study of construction labourers working in Australia, Asia and Europe. METASYSTEMS was originally commissioned for the inaugural Keir Choreographic Award and has since been developed into a major performance series touring extensively in Australia, Europe and Asia. Another of Batchelor’s projects ISLAND (winner of the ACT Arts Award Dance 2014 and Green Room Award for Concept and Realisation 2014) is an installation documenting utopian experimentation in the world’s most remote islands.
Between January and early March 2016, a two-month research voyage took him to Heard Island in the Southern Ocean as part of an international team from the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Sciences, James prepares an upcoming creation, FACES, which will premiere at Canberra Theatre in April 2016 and is nominated for the second time for the Keir Choreographic Award.
Batchelor’s projects invest significant time in research and observation, using performance as a tool to inspire critical thought and reflection on the contemporary world.
As a performer, James has also worked with some of Australia’s leading companies and independent choreographers including Chunky Move (Aorta, It Sounds Silly), Tasdance (Luminous Flux), Antony Hamilton (Black Project 2), Sue Healey (13 + 32, Inevitable Scenarios) and Prue Lang (Spaceproject).