Ms Julia Pond

Research project: Re-articulating value: embodied pathways to sustainability


Dance and economics both depend on movement, of bodies and resources. This commonality sets the stage for this interdisciplinary practice-as-research project that creates new ways of thinking – and living – sustainable development. Specifically, the project develops a dialogue between dance, new economics and political philosophy to ask how embodied knowledge might help us rearticulate and practise value in ways that support a sustainable society. Beginning with a conceptual map of value theory centred around Marx, the project makes the link between economic growth ideologies and the neoclassical conception of value, recognising that ‘growth' is ultimately an unsustainable strategy. It then explores through practice the unknown territory of what a sustainable articulation of value could look like. Movement improvisation and interdisciplinary dialogue are key components of a cyclical methodology rotating between solo practice engaging with theoretical areas, group movement explorations, dialogue with theorists and public workshops. 


I am an independent artist, a voluntary migrant, a mother and a former content director who is interested in the body, performance, and politics; my work is characterised by humour, social critique and bread dough. My artistic career began with training at Boston Conservatory,  performing choreographic works in New York and abroad, as a company member of Lori Belilove's Isadora Duncan Dance Company and as a freelancer. Based in London since 2010, I have created three full length dance theatre works and performed and taught at numerous festivals and venues in Europe and the U.S. At the same time I led content for the Silicon Valley startup until we were acquired by Skyscanner. Since 2020, my practice has shifted towards interdisciplinary, experimental work, with the participatory installation BRED, a fictional company which is 'rethinking value and productivity'.  I also co-run the podcast DanceOutsideDance. 

Areas of research interest

  • Improvisation and somatics
  • Experimental Performance
  • Political economy
  • Political philosophy
  • Social practice


  • MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional, Trinity Laban Conservatoire / Independent Dance
  • BFA Dance, Boston Conservatory
  • MA International Relations, St. John's University Rome
  • Certified Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance UK

Funding or awards received

  • AHRC TECHNE PhD funding


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