Juliette Barton


Juliette was born in Perth, where she completed the majority of her dance training, first at the Graduate College of Dance with Terri Charlesworth, and then going on to graduate from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with an Advanced Diploma in Dance in 2003. Her studies followed with a Bachelor of Arts in dance in 2004, obtained as a member of LINK dance company in affiliation with Edith Cowan University. She also studied at Purchase College Dance Conservatory in New York for 6 months through the exchange program at WAAPA. In her early professional career Juliette worked with Australian choreographers Sue Peacock and Olivia Millard before heading overseas in 2006.

Throughout 2006 she performed with Diversions Dance Company in Wales, received a grant from ArtsWa to attend four weeks of workshops at Impuls tanz Contemporary Dance Festival in Vienna, before joining Russell Maliphant Company for extensive touring of the duet PUSH, initially created by Russell Maliphant for himself and Sylvie Guillem, and Transmission a work for five women. The tour included performances in France, Canada, Italy, Germany, Hungary, England, Ireland and Wales. In 2007 she commenced work on a new creation with Russell Maliphant Company, a collaboration between Maliphant and esteemed film maker Isaac Julien to create Small Boats, which premiered at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, followed by performances in Korea, and at the 25th annual Next Wave Festival, at Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. In 2008 she continued to tour PUSH and Small Boats with Russell Maliphant Company, including performances at British Dance Edition in Liverpool, England, and further touring, in Switzerland and France.

Throughout 2008 Juliette worked on a new creation with London based choreographer Zoi Dimitriou Goddesses in Exile, a duet which premiered at The Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place, London, followed by performances at the Athens Festival and at the Bonnie Bird Theatre, Laban, London. She also performed in The Place Prize with choreographer Kyoung Shin Kim in his new creation, Oblivion, and was also employed as a dancer for a choreographic research project directed by Wayne McGregor at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

Juliette joined Sydney Dance Company in 2009 and has since worked with choreographer/director Rafael Bonachela, performing in we unfold (2009-2011); 360° (2009); 6 Breaths (2010-2011); LANDforms (2011); The Land of Yes & The Land of No (2011); 2 One Another (2012-2015); Project Rameau (2012-2013); Emergence (2013), Les Illuminations (2013-2015), 2 in D Minor (2014), Scattered Rhymes (2014), Frame of Mind (2015), New Breed (2015) and Triptych (2015). Frame of Mind won the 2015 Helpmann Award for ‘Best Choreography in a Dance Work’ and ‘Best Dance Work’.

She has also performed in Aszure Bartons’ Sid’s Waltzing Masquerade (2008); New Breed (2009); Kenneth Kvarnstrom’s Mercury (2009); Adam Linder’s Are We That We Are (2010); Emanuel Gat’s Satisfying Musical Moments (2010); Lisa Wilson’s Desire and Emily Amisano’s Yield as part of Contemporary Women (2012); Alexander Ekman’s Cacti (2013), Jacopo Godani’s Raw Models (2011 and 2014), Gideon Obarzanek’s L’Chaim! (2014), Andonis Foniadakis’ Parenthesis (2014) and William Forsythe’s Quintett (2015).

Juliette made her choreographic debut with her solo piece, Scrutineer, for Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed season (2014). During this season she also performed in Lee Serle‘s White Elephant. 

Juliette was a part of the 2013 collaboration with Kaldor Public Art Projects for the contemporary art exhibition 13 Rooms where Sydney Dance Company featured in Allora and Calzadilla’s Revolving Door. In 2015, Juliette was a part of Mira Calix’s Inside There Falls installation for Sydney Festival.

Juliette was named in the 2012 Dance Australia Critics Survey ‘Most Outstanding Dancer’ for her performance in The Land of Yes & The Land of NoShe was also recently nominated for a 2014 Green Room Award for ‘Best Female Dancer’ in Interplay

Juliette has toured with the company to Venice, New York, Barcelona and London. She was part of the 2013 international 2 One Another tour to South America, North America and Russia. This work had previously won the ‘Best Ensemble’ Award in the 2012 Green Room Awards and the 2013 Australian Dance Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Choreography’ and ‘Outstanding Performance by a Company’.