James Batchelor is one of Australia’s leading young choreographers. His work is known for its visual clarity, architectural sensitivity to space and rhythmic playfulness. Movement is hypnotically focused and detailed drawing audiences into a contemplative and imaginative realm. His practice is collaborative, spanning mediums of dance, film, music and sculpture. The result is highly original and immersive performances of impact and scale that resonate with diverse audiences internationally.
James’ mission as an artist is to make work that inspires curiosity. To shift assumptions, widen awareness and create possibility. He strives to find ways that dance can be a conversation, collaboration and exchange with other disciplines and communities. In 2016 James was an artist in residence on a two-month expedition to the sub-Antarctic Heard and McDonald islands. Since this experience, there has been a particular focus in his work on the intersection of science and arts.
James trained at the Victorian College of the Arts graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts (Dance) in 2012. Over the last five years he has generated an extensive body of work in Australia including commissions from Chunky Move (REDSHIFT), Dance Massive (DEEPSPACE), Dancehouse (ISLAND), Keir Choreographic Award (METASYSTEMS, INHABITED GEOMETRIES) and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. (SMOOTH TRANSLATION).
His international work is focused mainly in Europe and Asia having presented in Paris (La Briqueterie), Versailles (Plastique Danse Flore), Luxembourg (Trois CL), Bassano del Grappa Italy (B.motion), Bangkok (Creative Industries) and Chongqing China (501 Artspace). In 2018 he will travel to the UK (Birmingham International Dance Festival, Dance 4 Nottingham, Hackney Showroom London, Arnolfini Bristol), Bassano del Grappa Italy (B.motion), Rome (Balletto di Roma), La Briqueterie Paris (Les Plateaux), Finland (Lonely in the Rain), Groningen The Netherlands (Jonge Harten), Riga Latvia (Homo Novus) and Brugge Belgium (December Dance).
As a performer he has worked with internationally renowned choreographers such as Iván Pérez, Anouk van Dijk (Chunky Move), Antony Hamilton, Prue Lang, Stephanie Lake and Sue Healey.