This class will look specifically at the social emotions i.e. compassion, embarrassment, shame, guilt and contempt in an effort to generate an improvisational narrative that is fueled by the emotional happenings of the individuals in the class and the interpersonal events that unfold. This class will invite participants to perform and improvises various strategies and exercises typical to Grotowski, Elevated Text and Action-based text, in order to access these emotions and locate their origin in the body. This class is a process oriented improvisationial think tank.
Juliana F. May is a New York City native with a dual degree in Dance
and Art History from Oberlin College. May first studied improvisation and composition for seven years with Laurie J. Roth at the Trevor Day School in NYC. Since 2002, May has created nine works, including seven evening-length pieces with commissions from Dance Theater Workshop, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Barnard College at Columbia University, The New School, Joyce SoHo, The International Contemporary Ensemble (I.C.E.) and The Repertory Project, a Cleveland-based company. May’s history with DTW began as a Fresh Tracks artist in 2005. In 2006 she was a Studio Series residency artist where she showed The Endless House and in 2008 she presented Hydra Cashier on DTW’s season. May’s fifth project with DTW, Gutter Gate, premiered in spring 2011 and was brought back for encore performances in 2012. May is currently a 2011-12 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. In June of 2012 the company was in residence at Governor's Island as a part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Open Process residency program where they develop Commentary = not hting which premiered at New York Live Arts in February. This past April New York Live Arts awarded May the inaugural Jeff Duncan award for early career choreographers. May holds an MFA in Choreography from the University Wisconsin in Milwaukee.