In March of 2019, the company was invited by the Vienna International Dance Festival IMPULSTANZ to perform our most recent work, Folk Incest, this July 20-22 (in just over 4 weeks!) in Vienna, Austria.
I have been in conversation with the festival for a number of years and the chance to introduce my work to a new network abroad was an opportunity I could not pass up. Though incredibly exciting, this late-in-the-game opportunity has given us limited chances to get the tour support we need. While IMPULSTANZ gives an artist fee and housing, they are not able to cover the high cost of travel to Vienna for a group piece. Funds raised here will cover air travel, artist fees, and per diem.
This touring opportunity presents a huge step in the sharing of my work and I look forward to showing it to an international audience. We would be so grateful for any contribution you can make! Folk Incest Five women interrogate seemingly unrepresentable subject matters including the Holocaust, sexual trauma, and the fetishization of young girls. As pop cultural references, genres, and bodily traumas compress into each other, the work’s biting humor offers catharsis, simultaneously critiquing and supporting abstraction.
Choreographed, Written and Directed by Juliana F. May Songs and Lyrics: Juliana F. May Performers: Leslie Cuyjet, Tess Dworman, Lucy Kaminsky, Molly Poerstel and Rebecca Wender Lighting Design: Madeline Best Sound Design:Tatyana Tenenbaum Costumes: Mariana Valencia Dramaturgical Support: Ita Segev
About the Artist Juliana F. May has been making work in New York City for the past 17 years. May creates dances that interrogate the relationship between trauma and abstraction or, broadly speaking, between content and form. Her experimentation with structural dissonance often pushes narrative to the point where language falls apart, where meaning emerges not as the result of formulaic dramatic logics, but as tactile texture and visceral feeling.
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 served as the Artistic Advisor for New York Live Arts' Fresh Tracks Residency Program from 2017-19 and currently teaches choreography at Sarah Lawrence College.
About IMPULSTANZ Founded in 1984, ImPulsTanz has become one of the most important contemporary dance festivals worldwide. Thousands of professional dancers, choreographers, lecturers and dance enthusiasts from all over the world meet here, inspire each other, research together, exchange ideas and transform Vienna into an epicenter of contemporary dance and performance art every summer. For more then 30 years, ImPulsTanz is presenting a state-of-the-art overview of contemporary dance productions. Companies such as Rosas, Ultima Vez, Damaged Goods, Needcompany, Cie. Marie Chouinard, Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris, NDT, Cie. Mathilde Monnier and Jérôme Bel among others are offering insight into their work in various prominent Viennese venues.