American Realness

Juliana F. May


Saturday, January 7, 5:30pm – SOLD OUT*
Sunday, January 8, 8:30pm – SOLD OUT*
Monday, January 9, 1:00pm – SOLD OUT*
Tuesday, January 10, 10:00pm – SOLD OUT*

* A waiting list will begin 30 minutes before each performance.

Run Time: 60 minutes

Abrons Arts Center, Experimental Theater
466 Grand Street / Tickets $20

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In ADULT DOCUMENTARY five performers share their real and imagined histories. Through a repetitive and distorted coo-coo clock choreography of fragmented text, sound, gesture and movement, the piece works audiences through a full sensory experience that addresses the relationship between form and trauma or the trauma of form. How does the so-called “aboutness” and shape of a word or gesture disrupt its meaning, and how does the form i.e., repetition, space and time rupture or repair these seemingly hermetic relationships. ADULT DOCUMENTARY delves deep into sensation and psychology offering a uniquely felt choreographic experience.

ADULT DOCUMENTARY was commissioned by The Chocolate Factory Theater and received support from The MAP Fund, supported by the Dorris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Gibney Dance’s Dance in Process Residency, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Jerome Foundation.
Photo by Alex Escalante

Choreography and Direction by Juliana F. May
Performed by Lindsay Clark, Talya Epstein, Rennie Mcdougall and Kayvon Pourazar
Text by Lindsay Clark, Talya Epstein, Juliana F. May, Rennie Mcdougall and Kayvon Pourazar
Script by Juliana F. May
Lighting by Chloe Z. Brown
Music by Chris Seeds
Costumes by Mariana Valencia
Set Design by Sara C. Walsh
Managing Director – Sarah A.O. Rosner

Juliana F. May is a New York City native with a dual degree in Dance and Art History from Oberlin College. May has created nine works with The Chocolate Factory Theater, DTW, NYLA, Joyce SoHo, I.C.E.,The American Realness Festival and The Repertory Project. May has received generous support from The LMCC, The Map Fund, The Jerome Foundation and she is currently a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow as well as a NYFA Fellow. May holds an MFA in Choreography from

“Alongside yelps, there are simple, raw moves like the wheelbarrow or crawls on the floor embellished with lifts of elbows and knees that flap briskly to the side. As always, Ms. May shows an admirable handle on structure, but the characters inside of her carefully delineated patterns are inconsistent; in this experiment, that’s obviously part of the point…” – Dance Review, Gia Kourlas, The New York Times

“…a collage of dance and spoken theater, with several sequences of speech and movement obsessively recycled à la Gertrude Stein…The sense of multiple dramatic layers fascinates, the urgent rhythm excites and the three performers are excellent.” – Dance Review, Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times

“May is suggesting that primal, pre-cognitive states stay buried in our guts; even as we’re growing up civilized, they’re howling and shitting at some level we fear to access.” – Deborah Jowitt, Arts Journal