Wednesday, August 6, 2014

'How to Kill a Ghost' finds Juel D. Lane haunted by past

Posted By on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 2:28 PM

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  • Juel D. Lane

If you've ever had a relationship you couldn't shake, you know that getting over the past can be a haunting ordeal.

Atlanta choreographer/dancer Juel D. Lane is preparing to release his second dance film project next month. The two-part series is titled How to Kill a Ghost and its scheduled to air online Mon., Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. on Lane's YouTube channel, Juel D. Lane Films.

As the title suggests, How to Kill A Ghost "explores the haunting effects of holding onto something that no longer exists," according to Lane's press release. This marks Lane's second time mixing the mediums of film and dance since his 2010 short film Just Another Day (see excerpts). "Dance is evolving in the 21st century and mixing the two makes the art of storytelling reach an audience beyond the stage," he tells CL.

Counted among Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" last year, Lane became the first independent choreographer from Atlanta to have a work performed by the Atlanta Ballet on the main stage when it debuted Moments of Dis in 2012.

For How to Kill a Ghost, Lane also penned the lyrics to the accompanying music, produced by Quentin "EQ" Johnson. Well-known Atlanta artist RAHBI, who also appears in the trailer below, and Maiesha McQueen perform the songs in the two-part series. As for his inspiration, Lane says "this composition was birthed out of my experiences and relationships that I have encountered in the past. This piece is therapeutic."

From the look of the trailer below, the stark soundtrack and black-and-white images of urban decay should make for a compelling contrast against Lane's dance aesthetic - like a kinetic suspense thriller.

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