Julienne Schembri has recently moved back to Malta after 10years of engagement in performance and practice. She moved to London to study at Trinity College London on scholarship (Dance and Drama Award) and has recently completed a master’s study which was funded by Endeavour Scholarships Scheme Malta. Her recent master’s studies centred around research in the field of somatics. This invited her to question her current practice, to step back from the ‘automatic’ and to look for alternate ways in which she can find fulfilment as an inquisitive and conscious dance practitioner who takes action and participates in the social domain.
She believes that embodied knowledge can provide a rich and powerful source for self, and social transformation. To support this transition, she is working towards gaining a diploma in Laban Bartenieff Movement System, through the EMOVE institute based out of CODARTS in Rotterdam, which she will be due to finish in 2021. This she hopes will satisfy her appetite for a deeper understanding of somatic education, while allowing her to steer my professional projects towards connecting dance and community, as a means of sharing creativity, bodily awareness and creating spaces for connection. As a performer she has a varied experience of repertoire dancing on stage, most notably on the West End with Wicked, but also in independent projects in the UK working with artists like Rosemary Lee, Amit Lahav, Anthony Van Laast and Sacha Miles Davis. As a independent dance artist, Julienne has worked in community projects for Akademi, DashDotDance and Laban with Dance Ability.