World Premiere! Part of the Strand's NEW CENTURY SERIES

This world premiere performance takes place at the Strand, and follows two work-in-progress performances of Anxious Brain (working title) that took place in the past year.

Acclaimed solo performance artist Sara Juli's newest piece, Naughty Bits is a dance-play set inside her memories that examines sexual trauma while finding levity within the tragic. With dramaturgy by Michelle Mola, projections by Devon Kelley-Yurdin, lighting and sound by Justin Moriarty, and costumes by Carol Farrell. Sara has been described as a "skilled comedian, actress and dancer" and "a light of the downtown dance and theatre scene."  Naughty Bits finds the forgotten bits, funny bits (and wobbly bits) of putting one's mind and body back together. 

A panel discussion with representatives from New Hope Midcoast will follow the Friday evening performance. New Hope Midcoast and SASSMM (Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine) are providing resource and educational support for this event.

Content warning: This work contains material related to sexual trauma and assault.

Warning: Strobe lights will be used during this performance.


Pay-What-You-Can: $0 - $25

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About Sara Juli

Sara Juli has been creating and performing innovative comedic dance-theater for over 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. Sara 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 (NC), Performance Space New York (NYC), SPACE Gallery, (ME), Portland Ovations (ME) and Dixon Place (NYC). Sara is an Affiliated Artist of Bates College. She lives in Falmouth, Maine, on the traditional lands of the Wabanaki people, with her husband and two children, and currently sits on the Falmouth District’s School Board. @sarajulimovies


Naughty Bits has been commissioned by the Strand Theatre through their New Century Series with additional support 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. 

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.

Event sponsor: Rockland Harbor Hotel



Show Dates & Times:

10/13/23 - Friday

7:00 pm,

10/14/23 - Saturday

7:00 pm,

Pay-What-You-Can: $0 - $25

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