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 a supported artist with Bedford Creative Arts and University of Bedfordshire 2021/2022. She was appointed as Resident Choreographer 2020 for Royal Academy of Dance, 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.
Having recently choreographed for a double-bill opera with director Isabelle Kettle for the Royal Opera House. Julia is currently working on House of Absolute Philharmonia Orchestra Artist in Residence 2021/2022 projects, developing her production with University of Bedfordshire Dancebeds Initiative 2022 and working on the Cabaret musical opening November 2021.