James Batchelor is an award-winning Melbourne-based performer and choreographer whose works have been presented by major festivals and venues around the world. Combining movement and visual arts, James uses performance as a tool to inspire a landscape of critical thought and reflection on the contemporary world.
James describes his mission as an artist as making 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. His work is particular in how it recycles to context, from conception to presentation; it strongly considers how a performance exists within a specific space and time.
As a performer, he has worked with choreographers and companies including Antony Hamilton, Stephanie Lake, Sue Healey, Prue Lang, Chunky Move and Tasdance. His works combine movement and visual arts, using performance as a tool to inspire critical thought and reflection on the contemporary world. His debut full-length work ISLAND won a Green Room Award and Canberra Critics Choice Award in 2014. His recent work METASYSTEMS has toured extensively in Australia, Thailand, France, Italy and China. He has been commissioned on two occasions for the biennial Keir Choreographic Award and completed a two-month residency at sea studying remote sub-Antarctic islands in 2016. He premiered Deepspace at the 2017 Dance Massive festival in Melbourne.
James trained in Canberra with the QL2 Quantum Leap Ensemble and later in Melbourne as a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts.