Juel Lane of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch

 

Doing it and doing it and doing it well! That lyric is playing in my mind when I think of movement, when I visualize Mr. Juel Lane. Fusing West African, contemporary modern, and hip-hop and ballet his style is all his own. He continues to innovate and surprise with his skill as a passionate performer and choreographer. Check out this month’s issue of Dance magazine where Juel D. Lane is listed as one of the top 25 to watch in Dance. Not surprising considering his amazing work from his highschool years in Freddie Hendricks’ YEA  to the performing with the  likes of  Ron Brown and Camille A. Brown to name a few.

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He has moved on to do choreography in his own right and his work is definitely taking the reins, proudly exemplifying that “he got next” in the dance game. I’m gonna have to holler at him for some choreography on a song or two. Get it Juel!

See his upcoming gigs below:

Camille A. Brown’s – San Francisco’s Dance Mission Theatre, Feb. 15-17.

Helen Simoneau in Winston-Salem, NC, Feb. 28 and March 1

Atlanta’s Southwest Arts Center for his second annual full-stage showcase “Juel D. Lane and Friends” April 26.

SAYCON in Katori Hall’s HURT VILLAGE

Come see Saycon Sengbloh in Hurt Village! I’m so excited to tell everyone about the new daring and extraordinary piece by Katori Hall. I’m thrilled to be a part of this show at the New Signature theatre. The language and characters in Hurt Village  are something that has not been seen on the American theatrical landscape in a very long time perhaps since Melvin Van Peeple’s Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death, or Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Hurt Village is not a musical though the musical influence of hip-hop pulses through the veins of this ghetto story set in Memphis, Tennessee. I’m playing the role of Toyia a girl who works at the local “shake junt” and is fiercely protective of her man, her body, and her baby. With costumes by Clint Ramos I’m having a ball wearing clothes from all of hip-hop’s fashion moguls (Sean John, Fetish, an House of Dereon). And sharing a stage with New York’s hottest up and coming talents, like Lloyd Watts, Charlie Hudson III,  Marsha Stephanie Blake, Nicholas Christopher, Corey Hawkins, Ron Cephas Jones, Joaquina Kalukango , and Tony award winner Tonya Pinkins directed by Patricia McGregor! Choreography by Daniel Price. Come out and witness this new work!

Check out some of the reviews below:

“Five Stars! Exceptional! This is theatre that throbs with life, and quickens the pulse and mind!”

Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

“A rousing, latter-day response to A Raisin in the Sun! Vividly acted! [The actors] inhabit David Gallo’s evocative urban-jungle jumble of a set (and Clint Ramos’s sociologically exact costumes) with fervent and affecting conviction. And they make sure we feel the emotional double edge with which their characters regard one another.”

Ben Brantley, New York Times

“An original theatre voice!”

Linda Winer, Newsday

“A terrifically exciting work by a playwright with something to say!”

Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“Thoroughly sensational! Obligatory viewing! Under direction by Patricia McGregor as fierce as Katori Hall’s writing, the cast makes a strong bid for a best-ensemble prize!”

David Finkle, Theatermania.com

“Makes you stand up and pay attention!”

Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post

Photos by Joan Marcus

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Hurt Village: Jookin’ in NYC with Daniel Price

Daniel Price
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2012 has started with a bang. Had no idea I’d be introduced to the urban ballet known as “JOOKING” in 2012. Its been an exciting week in New York City, soaking up the southern sounds, booming bass, and mystical rhythms as we embark upon a journey to the Hurt. Hurt Village is a play written by Katori Hall but it is a play that takes a small yet poignant slice of Memphis, African-American life and brings it to life with all the joys, sorrow, and music it can. We are getting an introductory dance course in jookin’ via Master Jook-King Daniel Price.

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 Each day after studying lines and doing blocking we put on our sneakers to get our dancing toes wiggling. Before you ask, nooo, our show, Hurt Village is not a musical, its a play a very urban, real play with a lil’ southern hip-hop thrown into the mix –BUT. .. what is life in Memphis, Tennessee without music. Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Justin Timberlake, and B.B. King had their start on the Memphis music scene.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memphis,_Tennessee A little known fact the capital of ancient Egypt was known as Memphis as well, and how befitting considering the moves and isolation that include ankle throws and g-walking can resemble at times the hieroglyphics that are famously found on the walls of ancient Egyptian canvases. I enjoyed working with Daniel. His laid back, yet intense spirit was a welcome southern vibe in a room full of angsty New Yorkers, he reminding me of some of my peoples from Atlanta. I look forward to following his career and seeing where life takes Daniel next!
If you click the photo on the upper right you’ll see a video of  Daniel in action ( parental advisory on the lyrics but the moves are hot!)
copy & past eht link below if you can’t see it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyoY5wRH0Jk