James Welsby [of the of “25 LGBT People to Watch in 2015″ – Gay News Network] is a dancer and performance maker who is interested in the camp, visceral, and gritty. He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, School of Dance in 2007, and since 2008 has worked independently and as co-director of Phantom Limbs (winner “Best Dance” and “Melbourne Festival Discovery Award” for TRTH+FNTSY, Melbourne Fringe 2013). James has performed in shows by Luke George, Finucane and Smith, Martin Del Amo, Theo Adams, Nat Cursio, Hydra Poesis, Buzz Dance Theatre, and Opera Australia, and has developed work with Phillip Adams BalletLab. In 2013 James was accepted into Next Wave’s Kickstart program, and choreographer Stephanie Lake mentored James through JUMP mentoring in Melbourne and Lyon, France.
James’s first full-length show was ‘Tidefolk Fictions’ (2012), and he has co-directed every Phantom Limbs show to date. His most celebrated work is ‘HEX’ which was part of Next Wave Festival 2014, and will be part of the 2014 International AIDS Conference. He has also choreographed for Lucy Guerin Inc (P4SS), Menagerie Collective (The Riot Hustle) Sisters Grimm (The Sovereign Wife – Neon at MTC), Zoe Coombs Marr (DAVE), and Zoey Dawson (Romeo and Juliet), Next Wave (Private Dances 2010), and for musicians LE1F, Clairy Browne, Cakes Da Killa, and Joni in the Moon. In 2010 James was a ReelDance International Dance on Screen Festival finalist, and winner of their ‘Encouragement Award,’ and in 2011 was an ArtStart and Ian Potter Cultural Trust recipient. James has taught at Chunky Move and throughout regional and remote Australia for five years.
James also works in cabaret and has created his own outrageous and adored show called “YUMMY” which was presented in Melbourne and Berlin.