“Right away it was clear that he was developing a clear and singular choreographic style and vision, extremely contemporary while using and playing with a balletic vocabulary.”
Director of the CNSMD of Paris
Julian Nicosia was born and raised in Saint-Étienne, France and he grew up in a family of dancers. It is therefore in a very art-oriented environment that he first developed his skills as an acrobatic rock dancer. From 1999 to 2006, Julian won several medals at the best national championships (four times French champion), international championships (once European champion in Montpellier) and world championships (once world champion in Bratislava). This discipline taught him to manage pressure and tenacity, two essential elements for his future career.
After a break due to a back injury, he turned to other disciplines and finally joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon under the direction of Jean-Claude Ciappara, in order to reach a more comprehensive classical training from 2006 to 2010. This experience allowed him to start a professional career in the Lyon Opera Ballet directed by Yorgos Loukos. For five years, Julian had the pleasure of performing and working with renowned choreographers, including William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek, Trisha Brown, Ohad Naharin, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Maguy Marin, Benjamin Millepied, Catherine Diverrès, Jérome Bel, Christian Rizzo.
In 2015, he chose to join the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company (DFDC) directed by choreographer Jacopo Godani. Julian got the opportunity to create the choreography for a piece called "How long is now-Part1" in 2017 and which was presented at the Open Ground DFDC in Frankfurt Am Main. In 2019, he created the choreography for a filmed creation entitled “An Endless Shape” with the dancers of the DFDC. In this professional setting, he started to follow a new artistic path and became Assistant Choreographer and Ballet Master for the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company.
Julian chose to move towards a career as a freelance choreographer. During the past years, Julian has created choreographies for some of the most prestigious institutions in the dance world. His work process is innovative. Julian chooses to adapt to the dancers and the style of the companies that invite him in order to stimulate and bring out the best in each person involved in a creation. His choreographic style is broadening and becoming more eclectic.
In 2021, he created numerous pieces around the world. After creating “Unspoken Thoughts” for the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse (CNSMD) in Paris, which was broadcast on Arte Concert. Julian collaborated with world renowned ballerina Maria Kochetkova and her partner Sebastian Kloborg on the piece “Rush for Full”, which was performed in one of the most prestigious dance festivals “Les Hivernales de la danse”. He also created two new creations, "Familia Res" for the Desoblique company and "Hold On Skin, Fold On" for the CNSMD in Lyon. Julian will also be invited to create for soloists Ines Mcintosh and Jack Gasztowtt from the Paris Opera Ballet.