Julia Cheng founded House of Absolute in 2014, she is a creative director, choreographer and dance artist with an impressive portfolio of works presented nationally and internationally.
She is currently a supported artist with Bedford Creative Arts and University of Bedfordshire. for 2021.She was appointed as Resident Choreographer 2020 for Royal Academy of Dance, she was a judge and mentor for BBC Young Dancer and mentor for the biggest UK Hip Hop Festival, Breakin’ Convention and recipient of runner-up prize for Hip Hop Dance Futures Award 2019.
Julia has worked with Chinese Arts Now for the past 6 years which is an organisation championing British East-Asian artists. Cheng also has co-directed operas, one of which was awarded the George Butterworth Prize 2020 with composer Alex Ho. She has curated cross-art form exhibitions, theatre shows, dance films and youth productions.
Having judged, won and competed in many Hip Hop battles since 2007, her prolific reputation has led to campaigns with Dr Martens, Vogue Italia, Wella, Kowtow New Zealand, BBC World Service Persia.
Her influences draw from her dance training of Hip Hop dance, Waacking, contemporary dance , martial arts, theatre studies and eastern philosophy. She prides herself on combining collaborative approaches to processes and has collaborated with poets like Lavinia Greenlaw, to music artists Shingai and Floacist, composers Simon McCorry and Alex Ho, artist/sculptor Laila Muraywid, curator Kerry-Campbell and theatre director/activist Daniel York-Loh.
Julia is working on a double-bill opera for the Royal Opera House April 2021, House of Absolute Artist in Residence 2021 projects with the Philharmonia Orchestra and developing her work with University of Bedfordshire Dancebeds initiative 2022.