Juliana F. May

A Guggenheim and NYFA Fellow, Juliana F. May has created nine works since 2002, including seven evening-length pieces with commissions and encore performances from Dance Theater Workshop, New York Live Arts, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Barnard College, The New School, Joyce SoHo and The American Realness Festival. May has been awarded grants and residencies through The Map Fund, The Jerome foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Gibney Dance In Process. In 2002 May received her BA in Dance and Art History from Oberlin College and in 2012, she received an MFA in Choreography from the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee. May is the Artistic Advisor for New York Live Arts' Fresh Tracks Residency Program as well as teaching composition at Sarah Lawrence College during the 2017-18 school year. Last year May became the Chair of the Dance Department at Usdan Summer Program for the Arts.

Visiting Artist | May 12 -24, 2018

Folk Incest

Juliana F. May comes to MANCC to develop her work, Folk Incest, a piece that explores uncomfortable arousal, sexual trauma, incest and the fetishization of young girls. Seeking to expose compulsivity as a mechanism for both coping and adaptation, May is interested in looking at unconscious motivation and defensive operations like hyper vigilance in an effort to lament, re-perform, and admonish various systems of oppression that silence and make bodies invisible.

In keeping with her previous works, May continues to mine uncomfortable truths, revealing both their mundane and horrifying qualities. Exploring the excrement of daily interactions, May seeks to expose unthinkable thoughts that fester unconsciously.

This project signals a shift in May’s practice, as she upends her long-standing, primarily physical practice. While still attending to formal concerns such as repetition and directionality, May’s choreographic strategies will shift focus from specific movement languages to spoken subject matter to unearth a new form.

While at MANCC, May and her collaborators will continue to generate text, vocalizations, and images driven by their personal narratives. Content will then be mapped through an iterative editing process. The final form will be a play, a dance, a confessional, a personal testimony compressed to create a new non-fiction.

As a part of MANCC’s Embedded Writers Initiative, May and her collaborators will be joined in residence by Rennie McDougall. This initiative, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is designed to support the re-imagining of dance writing conventions in order to better respond to and engage with a wider range of ever-evolving contemporary forms in dance and performance. McDougall is a dance artist and writer who is intimately familiar with May’s work and process. At MANCC they will continue their partnership to provide further context to May’s work.

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Collaborators in Residence: Sarah A.O. Rosner [Manager], Leslie Cuyjet, Lucy Kaminsky, Rebecca Wender, Lindsay Clark, Tess Dworman and Molly Poerstel-Taylor [Performers], Tatyana Tennenbaum [Composer], Rennie McDougall [Writer].

World Premiere

Rosie Herrera

Make Believe
July 6 - 7
American Dance
Festival, (NC)


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