Visiting Artist | May 12 -24, 2018
Juliana F. May comes to MANCC to develop her work, Repulsion, a piece that explores uncomfortable arousal, sexual trauma, incest, whiteness, and the fetishization of young girls. Seeking to expose compulsivity as a mechanism for both coping and adaptation, May centers the white female body as both victim of sexual trauma and perpetrator of violence through “white neutrality.”
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 as a result of whiteness, abstraction, and trauma.
This project signals a shift in May’s practice, as she upends her long-standing, primarily physical practice. While still attending to formal concerns of 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.
Repulsion is set to premiere at Abrons Arts Center in October of 2018.