"Some time ago I realized that I identify myself as a duet artist, or 'duetist,' if you will, as opposed to a soloist or ensemble artist. I love that duets involve an intensity and singularity of focus that is similar to solo work, but also contain the richness and complexity of two. I decided I wanted to dig deep into the concept of duet to explore its range of possibilities."


Julia Rae Antonick is a dancer and choreographer whose movement and choreography reflect a digestion of modern/contemporary dance and Indonesian dance with an emphasis on kinetics, filigree, and partnering work. She has been immersed in an ongoing duet collaboration with her partner Jonathan Meyer since 2007 that focuses on the research and investigation of duet based movement forms and the performative crafting of those queries and since 2006 she has been making work with percussionist Joe St.Charles. With Meyer, she has served as Artistic Director for Khecari since 2010.


Julia graduated from the Chicago Academy for the Arts with the Dance Department’s Award of Excellence and received her BFA in dance from CalArts. She has received choreographic residencies at Djerassi, Ragdale, Links Hall (LinkUp), the Chicago Cultural Center (DanceBridge), and was chosen for The School at Jacob’s Pillow Modern/Contemporary workshop and Mordine & Co's Emerging Artist Mentoring Program. She has received grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Illinois Arts Council, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance, Community Arts Assistance Program and many other sources through Khecari. In 2012 & 2013 she received honorable mention for the 3Arts award, and in 2015 Antonick and Meyer's collaboration was nominated for the US Artists Fellowship and was also one of six US dance projects to be shortlisted for The Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist of Choice Award. 


Julia Rae Antonick's proposed CDF project, Duologue, is an in-depth investigation of what it means to be a duet artist. Within Duologue, Antonick researched existing forms of duet, including Argentine Tango, Lindy Hop, Contact Improvisation, and Ventriloquism, seeking to create new relationships between movers. The final performance of this research was titled Commissura and was performed on 5 floors, 2 elevators, and a ballroom on the top floor of Chicago's Fine Arts Building.



Julia is currently an artist in residence at Indian Boundary and Revere Parks in Chicago through Khecari and is currently dancing in Khecari's new work The Cronus Land and developing a new work Orders from the Horse with her partner Jonathan Meyer that investigates surrender in improvisation. This work was chosen as one of two projects for Links Hall's Midwest Nexus Touring Exchange Award and will have work in progress showings throughout 2015/2016 with a final performance at The Madlener House in August 2016.



Company website: www.khecari.org