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Sara Juli’s Naughty Bits

February 9, 2024

3S Artspace Presents
Sara Juli’s Naughty Bits
Friday, February 9, 2024
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
$25 General Admission
Seated / Ages 16+

"It has been so meaningful to me, having the ability to share—and overshareand be a voice for many others who are still questioning what to do with their voice as it relates to their experiences and challenges. Together we can get a lot of work done. There’s magic in that." - Sara Juli

Naughty Bits is a dance-play set inside Sara Juli’s memories. Through movement, text, song, projections, and humor, Sara builds, and ultimately reclaims, her own process of processing trauma—uncovering the forgotten bits, funny bits, and wobbly bits of putting one's mind and body back together.

In sharing her introspective and provocative solo work, Sara strikes the balance of creating a safe space for audiences to access their own challenges, while simultaneously laughing at reality. In the end, all of us will learn a little something about healing.



Please join us for a post-performance discussion featuring local leaders in the therapy sector. Audience members are invited to engage in conversation about assault, trauma empowerment, available resources and the role of the arts in the healing process. (Panelists will be announced soon. Please check back!)


Press from other shows in Sara Juli's repertoire:

"An imaginative and brave show performed with fearless vulnerability by the warm, wild and untamed Sara Juli." - Broadway Baby

"Sara Juli has been creating and performing comedic dance-theater for two decades. Her ability to hold an audience’s attention with abrupt changes in style reflects that experience." - Theaterreviewsfrommyseat

"A gutsier look at self worth..." - The New York Times


Dramaturgy for Naughty Bits is by Michelle Mola, with digital projections and illustrations by Devon Kelley-Yurdin, Original Lighting by Justin Moriarty, and costumes by Carol Farrell.

Please note: This piece explores one person's experience around trauma.

Image credit: Nick Pierce

About Sara Juli (she/her):

Acclaimed Performance Artist, Sara Juli has been creating and performing innovative comedic dance-theater for 24 years. She has been fortunate to tour around the world including American Dance Festival, Performance Space New York, New York Live Arts, Bates Dance Festival, Bowdoin College, SPACE Gallery, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Noorderzon Festival (The Netherlands), Chelsea Theatre (London), Aotea Centre (New Zealand) and many more. Her work has been commissioned by Performance Space 122, American Dance Festival, SPACE Gallery, Portland Ovations, and The Strand Theatre. Sara’s work has received funding from Maine Arts Commission, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts Expeditions, New England Dance Fund, NEST Touring Grants, and the prestigious National Dance Project in 2019-2022. Sara was the 2017 Maine Fellow for the Performing Arts awarded by the Maine Arts Commission.

Sara is the Founder/Director of Surala Consulting, a fundraising consultancy helping non-profits and artists build and execute fundraising strategies. She was awarded the Arts Management Award from Brooklyn Arts Exchange in 2013, and is an ongoing project advisor to The Boston Foundation’s Next Steps and LAB Programs. Sara is an Affiliated Artist of Bates College and is teaching “Business of the Arts” at Williams College this January 2024. She lives in Falmouth, Maine, on the traditional lands of the Wabanaki people, with her husband and two children.

Naughty Bits was funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Naughty Bits was originally commissioned by the Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine, through their New Century Series.

Additional support came from the Maine Arts Commission, and the American Rescue Plan Maine Project Grants, a subgranting program administered by SPACE for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Naughty Bits residency support was also provided in part by New England Foundation for the Arts’ New England Dance Fund, with generous support from the Aliad Fund at the Boston Foundation.

3S Artspace thanks our year-round Lead Sponsors: AC Hotel Portsmouth, MacEdge, and Raka.

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