portal obscura
enter on February 11 or 12
You are invited to enter into portals of strange sensibilities using imagination as an analog virtual reality to witness and be witnessed. Sense the impossible and submerge yourself in the murk of ecological relationality.

portal obscura is a dance performance curated to enhance the ecological awareness of situating, observing, and relating. The performance unfolds in imagined psychic landscapes as you traverse the space. Attendees will receive a field guide to navigate the portals, and aid in the sensing of what dances within them.

Space is limited, please reserve your free ticket to ensure entry.

Please join us February 11 at 7:30pm in the Ark lower studio for an Artist Talk with choreographer and performer Julia Piper following the opening performance!

photography: Dylan Margolis Photography
artwork: Madison Dickson
The Ark
14 Epworth Dorm Lane, Durham NC 27705
Date & Time
February 11, 2024, 6:30
7:30 Q&A Reception

February 12, 6:30
and 8:00
Julia M. Piper is a transdisciplinary choreographer and educator. Hailing from Ann Arbor, MI, Julia trained in dance, musical theatre, and flute, and continues to work across disciplines in the performing arts. Currently, she is an MFA-Candidate in Duke University’s Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis program, where she studies the fields of Dance and Environmental Humanities. Her thesis performance, portal obscura, capstones her research in movement as a method for exploring ecological relationships. She is a member of Duke’s Laboratory for Social Choreography, and a Climate Communications Fellow. She received her BA with Honors in Dance and Environmental Studies at Goucher College, where she was president and musical director of Goucher’s musical theatre club, and employed as the dance program’s Costume Manager and Student Ambassador. Julia has taught dance to students Pre K- adult for more than 10 years. She is the Director of Dance at Baltimore Actor’s Theatre Conservatory, has taught performing arts at Baltimore City Public Schools, and dance at the St. Paul’s Schools in Baltimore County where she has won awards for her choreography at competitions. Julia has also taught and performed contemporary dance theatre works across the DMV area, New York City, Germany, and at Conero Dance Festival in Ancona, Italy. Julia continues to perform, create, and teach in pursuit of a life lived artistically.
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