Duane Cyrus

Duane Cyrus

Modern Dance | Greensboro

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Choreographer and performer Duane Cyrus has worked in a range of genres and styles, including concert dance, musical theater, contemporary art, and drama. He creates works that illustrate the interplay between questions and ideas that, in his words, arise from “positioning moving bodies in conceptual environments.”

Inspired by research in Black American and Caribbean culture and history, Cyrus choreographs and directs works that highlight the confluence of his interdisciplinary background in dance and performance, allowing him to explore both the physical and emotional capacities of the human body in motion. He creates works that are accessible and relevant to a wide range of communities and engages audiences by setting his work with striking visuals and abstract environments. He notes that by generating “visually stimulating scenes that transform and shift the viewer’s perception of that which is observed,” his choreography is actively challenging the “monolithic paradigm between the voyeuristic and passively invisible observer and the inscrutably remote performer.”

Cyrus is a 2018-2019 N.C. Arts Council Artist Fellowship recipient, the second time he has won this award.  The Director of the Theatre of Movement, he is a 2018 Bessie Award Nominee for Best Performance in Cynthia Oliver’s Virago-Man Dem, which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is the recipient of the 2017 Provost’s Strategic See Grant for Vibrant Communities from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for his choreographic work, Hero Complexities and is the co-author and editor of Vital Grace: The Black Male Dancer. He received his M.F.A. in Choreography from the University of Illinois and is now a Professor of Dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.