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Hollyhock Presenters

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Our presenters are curated for their quality, depth, integrity, and alignment with our educational purpose. Since 1982, a distinguished faculty of authors, educators, activists, artists, performers, and practitioners have shared their work at our Cortes Island campus and in Vancouver.

People smiling at Activate 2023 Hollyhock Leadership Institute

Julia Aplin

Julia Aplin has been studying and practicing movement for over 40 years. She has an intense curiosity about the human body in motion and draws on a variety of tools and techniques in her current practice. Julia danced full time for 15 years with Dancemakers, under the Artistic Direction of Serge Bennathan performing around the world. She is an award winning choreographer and has created dances for theatres, rivers, boxing rings, wading pools, cyberspace and neuroscience labs. She works with a wide range of people from elite performers to beginners. Julia founded and led Triple C, a community dance group for creation, collaboration and community 2019-2021.

Julia was on faculty at University of Toronto and Centre for Indigenous Theatre teaching movement to actors. She is a consultant with PULSE research team for movement and aging at McMaster University. She was an artist in residence at the LIVElab facility for the scientific study of music, sound and movement in relation to human health. In September 2022, she led three installations for riverMOUTH with Urbanvessel and Art in the Park to offer Torontonians a closer relationship to the Cobechenonk/Humber River. In 2023, she held a fellowship with rareCharitable reserve in Cambridge, Ontario. From 2021-2023, Julia researched embodiment and kinship through human and tree relations through the Masters of Environmental Studies Program at York University.


Events with Julia Aplin

Wild Soma Being and Becoming: Embodied Practices for Collective Thriving
June 23 - 28, 2024

In this time of intersecting social, political, and planetary crises, how do we embrace and honour all that is arising in us as bodies? What if we listen closely to what we feel in our hearts, what we sense in our bones, and what we know in our guts? Can…