Artist Spotlight No. 10: Jules Bakshi // Subtle Details
Know first about Jules Bakshi, dancer, choreographer and No. 10 of 13 presented artists during Volume V, Issue II. Jules gets inspired from "everyday magic" and for many times, has added hair playing / pulling in her choreographic works. Learn what Jules is all about on our Artist Spotlight by reading below.
JULES BAKSHI // SUBTLE DETAILS
Three words that describe your choreography:
Witchy, Dreamy, Fierce
Jules Bakshi grew up in Bombay, India and Montclair, NJ, and graduated from Barnard College. Her company, Jules Bakshi/Subtle Details, was formed as a platform for her collaborations, and has been presented by over 15 venues in NYC; Jules' choreography has been featured in music videos, video ads, and on MTV India. Jules is the managing director of critically acclaimed Douglas Dunn + Dancers, and is also a dancer with DD+D. Additionally, she freelances as a dancer and teaching artist for Pilobolus Dance Theater. She is the founder of Adult Beginner: Dance Like The Hot Bitch You Always Knew You Were, a high intensity dancercise/hairography class for all levels.
About Jules's Creative Process
I'm interested in everyday magic, the wonder in things. I want to create little worlds that the audience can experience with me and the performers, even if just for a few minutes. The process of creating these microcosms starts when I experience a feeling or event or a place that I want to share. I spend time writing, collaging, photographing - living with that moment, trying to figure out what is essential to me about it. Usually it's not until I'm working with dancing bodies, seeing the performers relate to each other within the established movement vocabulary, that I find out what it is I'm really trying to share. The dancers are my mirrors, I learn a lot about my work and myself watching them.
Do you work in other mediums other than dance? Any other special talents?
Film + photography. I also know how to ride a penny farthing, high wheel bicycle from the 1800’s (my grandfather collects them!).
What artists are you influenced by? Why so?
Douglas Dunn - He has taught me everything I know about collaboration and authentic art making.
Kira Blazek - Knows how to tap into her darkness and lightness in equal measure, like a champ.
Pina Bausch - first true dance theater inspiration.
All my collaborators - they share the dream.
What is your most memorable moment as an artist, thus far?
FOR SURE spending a month in residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation on Captiva Island, my life as an artist was totally affirmed. Second place, is producing and performing at BAM this past February, I’ve never learned so much in such a short time!
We’re all physical beings! What’s your favorite part of the body and why?
I almost always end up with some sort of hair playing / pulling in my dances, and I think it’s because I love the combo of hands on heads in hair. The imagery can mean so many different things, it can be relaxing, playful, aggressive, scary, sensual, maternal - the list goes on.
Say what you want to say! Have a quote you live by?
There’s no easy way to hike to Mount Everest. That is to say, everything worthwhile takes time, energy, patience, and often struggle. It’s all part of the process. I feel like so many people have said as much, but I didn’t truly and fully realize it until I made the journey to Mount Everest, and all of a sudden that sentiment was reflected all over my life and art. It’s the inspiration for the piece!