Juliet Irving, MFA in Dance ‘21

Her thesis, I Am. We Are., is a series of immersive, pop-up performance installations situated in forested sites on Duke campus that activate new worlds and ways of being for Black femme to exist within.
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Juliet Irving is a trans-disciplinary movement artist and graphic designer currently based in Durham, North Carolina, who creates interactive and immersive experiences that emphasize modes of embodiment. Her multimedia practice involves environmental installation, social choreography, audience interaction, and a relentless adherence to “What if?” and “Why not?” questions. She is invested in cultivating radical imagination alongside identity formation in marginalized communities, particularly rural, queer BIPOC communities.

Juliet is pursuing an MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis and Master’s Certificate in African & African American Studies at Duke University as a member of the program’s inaugural cohort. In 2019, she received her BA in Dance Studies and BFA in Graphic Design from Appalachian State University. In 2020, Juliet choreographed and performed in the American Dance Festival’s Creative Healing Parade and presented her research at the International Conference on Movement and Computing. Her work has been shown at The Schaefer Center for Performing Arts, ACDA, HOW Space Gallery, and Valbourg Theatre and has been featured in The Peel Literature & Arts Review.

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