iJules Beckman, is an American interdisciplinary performing artist and teacher living in France since 2002. He has been making work collaboratively, teaching, and touring steadily in contemporary dance, performance and new circus since 1987. Beckman co-created Autochtone, with Collectif AOC/Karin Vyncke (2009 – 13) ; co-founded, libertivore with Fanny Soriano (2005) ; joined I.D.A./Mark Tompkins (2005 – 08) ; collaborated intensively with Cahin-caha, cirque bâtard (1998 - 2005); Lhasa De Sela (1999 - 2000), Core (1995-98) and Contraband/Sara Shelton Mann (1987-95). Beckman worked for Anna Halprin several times in both performance and pedagogical contexts (1990 – 96), as well as Zaccho Dance Theatre/Joanna Haigood (1996-98). In 1995, Beckman was offered roles in both Stomp and Blueman Group but chose to found the collective Core with Jess Curtis, Keith Hennessy, Stanya Kahn and Stephanie Maher. Beckman is an ongoing collaborator with Hennessy (1987- ?). As of autumn 2012, Beckman’s collaborations include nineteen full-evening original works and several shorter pieces.
Jules has taught throughout the USA, in Europe, Russia, Mexico and Japan in studios and schools including, Centre National des Art du Cirque (France), DOCH, University of Dance and Circus (Stockholm, Sweden), Canaldanse (Paris), MADE in France (a Washington University Performing Arts Department summer study program), Connecticut College, Prescott College (AZ), New College of California (San Francisco), and several Contact Improv Festivals including Freiburg, Grenoble, Moab, Barcelona, Budapest.