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Kinetically vibrant, brilliant, and emotionally potent.
— Brenda Daniels, University of North Carolina School of the Arts

In the News

Atlanta Choreographer Juel D. Lane sits down with CBS news anchor Julie Smith to discuss his recent dance classes and choreography on Ailey II.

Lane showed he has what it takes — a willingness to take risks, to tell his story and to challenge dancers technically and psychologically, all the while enjoying the journey.
— Cynthia Bond Perry for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Influenced by six years of dancing with Ronald K. Brown, the lithe Atlanta native combines African and contemporary forms, delving into charged social issues with depth and compassion—in his own voice.
— From Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch"

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Press Releases


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JUEL D. LANE TO PERFORM IN NBC’S JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT

The Atlantan Choreographer is a Featured Dancer in the Live Concert Starring John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and Alice Cooper, Airing April 1

 
 

ATLANTA, GEORGIA—March 7, 2018—Atlantan dancer and choreographer Juel D. Lane has been selected as one of 10 featured dancers in NBC’s live concert of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash-hit rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar,” airing Sunday, April 1 (Easter Sunday).

Camille A. Brown will choreograph “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” which will be performed in front of a live audience and aired from the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Lane has long been an ensemble member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, and most recently performed in Brown’s newest piece “ink.” in several U.S. cities.

As reported in Playbill, the all-star cast will be led by John Legend as Jesus, Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas, Alice Cooper as King Herod, Ben Daniels as Pontius Pilate, Norm Lewis as Caiaphas, Jason Tam as Peter, Jin Ha as Annas, and Erik Gronwall as Simon Zealotes.

“Above all, I’m so proud of my sister Camille A. Brown for being the choreographer on this exciting project. I feel honored, humbled and inspired to be able to bring stories from the Bible to life for audiences around the world through Camille’s breathtaking choreography. This is a dream opportunity for any dancer, and I couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of it.” says Lane.

Celebrated as one of the most gifted and innovative new voices in American dance, Lane pushes the boundaries of contemporary movement through choreography that “strips labels and shows humanity,” as he puts it. Lane’s singular perspective typically examines political concepts, gender roles, and his own intimate experiences.

Lane has quickly risen to be one of the nation’s most talented and versatile choreographers. Lane’s “Touch & Agree” is currently on tour with Ailey II, the second company of world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

March brings even more expansion for Lane as both a choreographer and dancer. In addition to his upcoming appearance in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” Lane’s scheduled events include:

Ailey II’s Performance of “Touch & Agree”
March 14-25 in New York City
Ailey II will perform Lane’s “Touch & Agree” one of three featured new works during its 12-day stop at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City. Click here for details and to purchase tickets.

World Premier of “The Maestro” at Dance Canvas
March 23-24 in Atlanta, Georgia
Lane will be presenting his newest piece “The Maestro,” with a two-night performance at the Ferst Center for the Arts in Midtown Atlanta. A solo inspired by painter Ernie Barnes, “The Maestro” will be performed by Rebekah Pleasant with live musical accompaniment by Munir Zakee. Costume design by Jarrod Barnes. Click here for details and to purchase tickets.

 

IMAGES AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Click here to download images of Lane, here for b-roll of Dallas Black Dance Theatre rehearsing “How to Kill a Ghost,” here for video excerpts of his work, and here for photos of Ailey II performing “Touch & Agree.” Photo credit must be given for all images.
 

About Juel D. Lane
Juel D. Lane is an American dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” With elite training from Tri-Cities High School and the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, Lane earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a focus on Contemporary Dance. Currently dancing with Bessie Award-winning Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Lane made history in 2012 as the first local and independent black choreographer to have his work commissioned by the Atlanta Ballet. From there, he participated in the 2015-2016 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab, and collaborated with dance legends across the United States. His dance films, "Just Another Day," "How to Kill a Ghost," and "When The Beat Drops," showcase the complexity, playfulness and creativity within this dynamic choreographer’s mind. www.jueldlane.com

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ATLANTAN CHOREOGRAPHER JUEL D. LANE GETS GLOBAL SPOTLIGHT

With a Piece in Ailey II’s 32-City World Tour, Lane Prepares for Mainstage Debuts Across U.S.

 
 

ATLANTA, GEORGIA—November 1, 2017—Atlantan dancer and choreographer Juel D. Lane is rising the ranks as one of the nation’s up-and-coming choreographers with global flare. Lane is currently a featured choreographer in Ailey II’s 32-city world tour. Ailey II is the world-renowned second company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and performed to a sold-out house during its first-ever stop in Atlanta, which also marked the world premiere of Lane’s “Touch & Agree.” The performance took place at the Rialto Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 21, in front of 796 cheering audience members. Click here to watch an excerpt of “Touch & Agree” as performed by Ailey II dancers.

Celebrated as one of the most gifted and innovative new voices in American dance, Lane pushes the boundaries of contemporary movement through choreography that “strips labels and shows humanity,” as he puts it. Lane’s singular perspective typically examines political concepts, gender roles, and his own intimate experiences.

In addition to his globally touring piece, Lane is making the most of the remaining months of 2017 with extraordinary performances across the Southeast.

 

Kennedy Center Performance With Camille A. Brown & Dancers
Dec. 1-2 in Washington, DC
Lane will be performing in the world premiere of Camille A. Brown & Dancers’ “ink.” at the world-famous Kennedy Center. Prolific and highly acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown makes her Kennedy Center debut with two full-evening works performed on separate nights: BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play and ink. Both performed to original live music, these two fascinating productions celebrate diversity, community, history, and finding oneself through daring dance.

Assistant Direction for True Colors Theatre
Dec. 8-24 in Atlanta, Georgia
Director Jasmine Guy has tapped Juel D. Lane to be her assistant director for True Colors Theatre’s “The First Noel.” Lane is set to bring the magic of this Christmas musical to life through his creative and contemporary vision. Set in 1980s Harlem, The First Noel follows three generations of a family that is forever changed by the tragic loss of a loved one. An unexpected visit brings with it long-absent Christmas joy. Music includes a reimagining of the traditional holiday favorites in jazz, gospel and pop styles.

And into 2018:

  • January-March: Juel is touring on and off with Camille A. Brown & Dancers.

  • Jan. 19-20: He is hosting a choreography workshop alongside Dawn Axam Jan. 19 & 20 in Atlanta.

  • March 23-24: He is performing a solo for Dance Canvas' 10th anniversary show at the Ferst Center for the Arts. Dance Canvas is a platform that once gave Juel a voice as a budding dancer and choreographer, so his return now as one of the nation's rising star talents is particularly special.

 

IMAGES AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Click here to download images of Lane, here for b-roll of Dallas Black Dance Theatre rehearsing “How to Kill a Ghost,” here for video excerpts of his work, and here for photos of Ailey II performing “Touch & Agree.” Photo credit must be given for all images.
 

About Juel D. Lane
Juel D. Lane is an American dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” With elite training from Tri-Cities High School and the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, Lane earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a focus on Contemporary Dance. Currently dancing with Bessie Award-winning Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Lane made history in 2012 as the first local and independent black choreographer to have his work commissioned by the Atlanta Ballet. From there, he participated in the 2015-2016 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab, and collaborated with dance legends across the United States. His dance films, "Just Another Day," "How to Kill a Ghost," and "When The Beat Drops," showcase the complexity, playfulness and creativity within this dynamic choreographer’s mind. www.jueldlane.com

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JUEL D. LANE LEAPS INTO THE LIMELIGHT AS FEATURED AILEY II CHOREOGRAPHER

Atlanta Native Brings “Touch & Agree” to ELEVATE and Rialto Center for the Arts on October 20 & 21

 
 
 

ATLANTA, GEORGIA—September 25, 2017—Atlanta dancer and choreographer Juel D. Lane is returning home as a featured choreographer of Ailey II, the world-renowned second company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater that supports emerging young dancers and innovative choreographers. Currently on a 32-city world tour that kicked off on September 16, Ailey II performs twice in Atlanta as part of the organization’s Destination Dance initiative to engage the city’s arts and civic organizations. On Friday, October 20, an excerpt of Lane’s “Touch & Agree” will be performed at Woodruff Park at 8 p.m. as part of the ELEVATE festival. Lane’s work then makes its mainstage premiere at the Rialto Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 21, at 8 p.m.

Celebrated as one of the most gifted and innovative new voices in American dance, Lane pushes the boundaries of contemporary movement through choreography that “strips labels and shows humanity,” as he puts it. Lane’s singular perspective typically examines political concepts, gender roles, and his own intimate experiences.

“I'm honored and humbled by this opportunity,” says Lane. “There's a legacy that is prominent within the Ailey organization. I'm happy to add to the conversation and lineage.”

Centered around themes of romantic, physical and emotional intimacy, his work explores the multifaceted and complex nature of human relationships, particularly same-sex love. A strong voice for the LGBTQIA community, Lane first developed “Touch & Agree” in 2010 as part of LIFT, a collaborative dance platform for men in Atlanta founded by Daryl Foster. Lane expanded the piece more vividly in 2011 during a year-long residency at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

“When asked to create a work on Ailey II, I quickly reverted to ‘Touch & Agree,’ because it's so personal, intimate, and fun,” explains Lane. “This is who I am. I wanted to share a piece of myself with the company and the world.”

Lane has since evolved “Touch & Agree” into a stunning four-part story that intertwines fast-paced movement, heart-felt expression and technical dynamism. The result is a performance that’s equal parts heart-wrenching and endearing.

“Navigating love is a challenge. The LGBTQIA community wants to experience a journey of love like anyone else,” explains Lane. “My goal is to hold a magnifier over our community and show audiences that love is the root to healing, and no one should be judged for it.”

Musical compositions for the piece include songs by Sam Cooke, James Blake, H.E.R., Byrell the Great, and an original piece written by Lane, performed by percussionist Munir Zakee, and mastered by Reggie Croslan.

 

IMAGES AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Click here to download images of Lane, here for video excerpts of his work and here for photos of Ailey II. Photo credit must be given for all images.

For the complete Ailey II 2017-18 season press release, click here.

 

Ailey II Atlanta Performance Schedule

Friday, October 20 at 8pm – Woodruff Park (part of ELEVATE)

  • Touch & Agree (excerpt) by Juel D. Lane
  • Breaking Point (excerpt) by Renee McDonald

Saturday, October 21 at 8pm – Rialto Center for the Arts

  • Touch & Agree by Juel D. Lane
  • Breaking Point by Renee McDonald
  • Revelations by Alvin Ailey

 

About Juel D. Lane
Juel D. Lane is an American dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” With elite training from Tri-Cities High School and the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, Lane earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a focus on Contemporary Dance. Currently dancing with Bessie Award-winning Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Lane made history in 2012 as the first local and independent black choreographer to have his work commissioned by the Atlanta Ballet. From there, he participated in the 2015-2016 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab, and collaborated with dance legends across the United States. His dance films, "Just Another Day," "How to Kill a Ghost," and "When The Beat Drops," showcase the complexity, playfulness and creativity within this dynamic choreographer’s mind. www.jueldlane.com

About Ailey II
Ailey II – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's second company – is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Founded in 1974 as a bridge between The Ailey School and the professional dance world, Ailey II embodies Alvin Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Ailey II flourished into one of the most popular dance companies in the country under the leadership of Sylvia Waters from 1974-2012, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs. With Artistic Director Troy Powell at the helm, Ailey II continues to thrive as he brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company. Please visit pressroom.alvinailey.org for bios, hi-res downloadable photos and b-roll, and Ailey II’s electronic press kit.

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