Julie Atlas Muz

“I want to be the kind of role model that brings people back to the time before the fruit of knowledge was eaten in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve were actually just very young and innocent.”


Julie Atlas Muz hails from the Murder Capital of the World — Detroit, Michigan — and has become one of the most acclaimed and prolific conceptual performers and choreographers anywhere. Along the way, she picked up the titles “Miss Exotic World,” “Miss Coney Island 2006,” and was named one of Time Out's most fashionable New Yorkers.

She sucker-punches the boundaries between performance art, dance & burlesque with dark, twisted, come-hither performances that have secured her a vaunted place in opposite realms — New York’s nightclub underworld and its haute establishment art world.

On any given night in New York City, Julie Atlas Muz is peeling off outlandish costumes or covered in fake blood, expressing her bawdy and irreverent sense of humor, whether in the basement of a gay bar or as co-host of America’s Favorite Burlesque Gameshow, This or That!

Muz has presented her work at P.S. 122, HERE, The Performing Garage, Art at St. Anne’s Warehouse, Chashama, LaMama, The Kitchen, and Dixon Place.  She performs regularly in New York at Galapagos, The Slipper Room, The VaVaVoom Room, The Coral Room, The Marquis, Mo’ Pitkins House of Satisfaction, Rififfi, and a host of other locations.

Muz was named 2005 Valencia Biennial Artist, 2004 Whitney Biennial Artist, and Artist-in-Residence by Chashama (2002), Joyce Soho (2001), Mondo Conne/Dixon Place (2000) and Movement Research (1998-99).

She has collaborated with well-known artists in a wide variety of fields, choreographing dance solos for Kim Catrall in Detroit, fraternizing with artists in Ho Chi Minh City as part of the Flying Circus Residency, and doing high kicks on the red carpet in Cannes to celebrate her appearance in Tournée (On Tour), directed by and starring Mathieu Amalric, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010.

In film, Muz has also worked with Wallace Shawn, Greg Pak, Steve Staso, Michael Moore, Pavol Liska, and she recently appeared in Law and Order as a lap dancer.  Muz has also danced for award-winning choreographers Sarah Michelson, Sally Silvers, Cydney Wilkes and others. She enjoys working with children in theatrical contexts, and has done so with Pink Inc, Chashama, and The Hudson River Park Conservancy. Muz is thrilled to be creating a new show, Brave Nude World, with her husband Mat Fraser.

Muz proudly champions the tradition of naked ladies in public spaces as acts of political resistance initiated in the 11th century by Lady Godiva.  She famously attended the opening of the Whitney Biennial “dressed” in the nude.

In EXPOSED, Julie Atlas Muz performs I am the Moon and You Are the Man on Me, Breaking the Law, The Hand, Tribute to Pina Bausch, Tribute to Dutch Culture, Santa Sangre, and American Trilogy.

For more information about Julie Atlas Muz: http://www.julieatlasmuz.com

Julie Atlas Muz & Mat Fraser are perfoming “Beauty and the Beast” at the Abron Arts Center. You can read more in the New York Times.