ROCKLAND — “Anxious Brain,” a work-in-progress live performance piece, will be presented by artist Sara Juli Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. “Anxious Brain” is part of the Strand’s New Century Series of shows that explore new works, artists and spaces, bringing live theatre, dance and innovative cinema works to the Midcoast.

“Anxious Brain” (working title) explores how trauma maps the brain and creates a toxic footprint that can live in our minds our entire lives. Using elements such as movement, text, digital illustrations, images and typography, live music, song, stand-up comedy and audience interaction, Maine-based, critically-acclaimed performance artist Juli looks at ways of both experiencing and disrupting trauma to find a settling of the mind.

This showing of the piece in development will be followed by an audience discussion with the artist on process, feedback and dialogue. A second stage work-in-progress showing will take place in February 2023, with the world premiere of the final work projected to be shown in the fall of 2023. Audience members will not only get a “sneak peek” into an artist’s process, they can be a part of the creation of this new piece and watch how their feedback influences the development of the work.

Juli has been creating and performing innovative comedic dance-theater for more than two decades. She has toured around the world including American Dance Festival, Performance Space New York, New York Live Arts, Bowdoin College, Bates Dance Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Noorderzon Festival Gronigen, and many more. Her work has received support from Maine Arts Commission, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts Expeditions, New England Dance Fund, NEST Touring, and National Dance Project in 2019-2022. Juli was the 2017 Maine Fellow for the Performing Arts awarded by the Maine Arts Commission. Her solo work has been commissioned by American Dance Festival (N.C.), Performance Space New York (NYC), SPACE Gallery (Maine), Portland Ovations (Maine) and Dixon Place (NYC). Juli is an Affiliated Artist of Bates College. She lives in Falmouth on the traditional lands of the Wabanaki people with her husband and two children, and currently sits on the Falmouth District’s School Board.

Tickets for “Anxious Brain” are $15 general admission; a ticket package that includes this and the following two shows is $50. This work contains mature themes and language and is not appropriate for children. Tickets are available at, by calling 207-594-0070 or at the door.