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Director Biography – Juel D. Lane (TOUCH & AGREE)

Juel D. Lane is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” Most recently he won Celebration of Dance: Choreographer of the Year and Best Choreography for Live Performance for Ailey II’s “Touch & Agree.” He has performed nationally and internationally with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, and currently dances with Bessie Award winning Camille A. Brown & Dancers. In 2012, Lane became the first black independent Atlanta-based choreographer ever to be commissioned by the Atlanta Ballet, choreographing Moments of Dis for the company. Lane was selected to participate in the 2015-2016 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab. Lane’s dance on film,”The Maestro” was featured on AfroPunk.com. He recently choreographed on Ailey II and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Lane was last seen as a dancer in the Emmy Award winning tv special, Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC. He was recently awarded The University of North Carolina School of the Arts Chancellor’s Alumni Artpreneur of the Year Award, Southwest Arts Center Young Innovator Award and Best Music Video for Bronze Lens Festival.


Director Statement

I’ve always had a vivid imagination which is sort of like a forecaster for what the soul wants. It clearly depends on what my soul is hungry for.

As a filmmaker, my passion is highlighting and augmenting this imagination through use of storytelling and choreography. I’m inspired by the environment, which cultivates site-specific hidden gems that are in conversation with who we are and how we are in the world. Whether it’s comes from a personal, political, artistic narrative, I tend to listen to the my soul.

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