About the Grant

$25,000 to support The Installment (MAP 2014)
$3,500 to general operating expenses for Juliana May

About the Project

In the spring 2016, The Chocolate Factory Theater will present Juliana F. May’s newest evening length work, The Installment (working title). Repetitive movement sequences, dialogue, text and a simultaneous compositional structure characterize the action in the theater’s upstairs and downstairs spaces; some appear as interrogations and some are no more than a harmless exchange between a cashier and a customer, a writer and an editor or a patient and a therapist. Inspired by the style of mid-century choreographers like Michael Kidd and Jerome Robbins, the dancers perform an arsenal of iconic gestures that situate their bodies inside the rhythms and shapes of a 1950’s and 1960’s musical theater aesthetic combined with May’s own sinuous movement vocabulary. As the work progresses, the sound scores of the two spaces, composed by Chris Seeds, gets louder as they build into a rhythmic, amplified crescendo. Each space undergoes a sonic do-si-do and the audiences are instructed to switch places. This confluence of body, object, language and persona create a jagged terrain; narrative threads are ruptured by the shifting sensorial experience of coexistences. The Installment makes a case for abstraction, repetition and simultaneity as critical strategies in interrogating, lamenting and refuting the predicament of narrative in contemporary dance.

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