James Batchelor is a choreographer from Canberra with a performance practice based in movement and visual arts. His projects examine the interactions between humans and the environment via a rigorous process of documentation and physical translation. Distinct physicalities and dynamic images are constructed from the careful analysis of specific sites and people.
James Batchelor’s projects take him from densely populated urban environments to some of the most remote and inaccessible places in the world. His current project METASYSTEMS documents the radical transformation of urban environments through the study of construction labourers working on towers in Australia, Asia and Europe. Another project ISLAND (winner of the ACT Arts Award Dance 2014 and Green Room Award for Concept and Realisation 2014) is an installation documenting utopian experimentation in the world’s most remote islands. An upcoming project will take him on a two-month research voyage to Heard Island in the Southern Ocean as part of an international research team from the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Sciences. Batchelor’s projects invest significant time in research and observation, using performance as a tool to inspire critical thought and reflection on the contemporary world