James Batchelor is an award-winning performer and choreographer from Canberra. He made his debut with Chunky Move in AORTA (2013), a Next Move production by Stephanie Lake, performed in ANTI—GRAVITY (2017) as part of Asia TOPA and Dance Massive and Rule of Thirds regional tour (2017). His 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.
Over the last five years James has generated an extensive body of work including DEEPSPACE (2016), ISLAND (2014), METASYSTEMS (2015), INHABITED GEOMETRIES (2016), and SMOOTH TRANSLATION (2016). James’s work has been presented internationally in Paris, Versailles, Luxembourg, Bassano del Grappa, Chongqing, and Bangkok. He was a resident artist on the RV Investigator, Australia’s marine research vessel, which travelled to the sub-Antarctic Heard and McDonald islands in 2016. As a performer, he has also worked with choreographers and companies such as Antony Hamilton, Stephanie Lake, Sue Healey, Prue Lang and Tasdance.
James was recently appointed Assistant Director of Dance Theatre Heidelberg in Germany. James trained at the Victorian College of the Arts graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts (Dance) in 2012.