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Virago-Man Dem
Oct 25—Oct 28, 2017
 
Dance

Cynthia Oliver

 

The Latin prefix “vir” means “man”; the suffix “-ago” indicates female. Thus, the term “virago” has, since ancient times, suggested that elusive flicker between genders we know so well and deny so violently. Into this liminal space enters choreographer Cynthia Oliver and performers Duane Cyrus, Jonathan Gonzalez, Ni’Ja Whitson, and Niall Noel Jones, who excavate layers of racial and gender performance through the shared lens of their Afro-Caribbean and African-American ancestries. With radical tenderness and dizzying force, Virago-Man Dem celebrates black masculinities in their infinite variety and nuance, constructing a sweeping tableau of embracing, sashaying, speaking, screaming, soaring individuals.

 

Music by Jason Finkelman
Visual art by Black Kirby (John Jennings and Stacey Robinson)
Projections and animations by John Boesche
Costume design by Susan Becker
Lighting design by Amanda K. Ringger

 
 
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“I want to connect with people on multiple levels. So you see the movement, you hear the words, you hear the sound, you see the visual—it’s a way of getting to you from a number of fronts. I’ve always been interested in the way language can dance.”
— CYNTHIA OLIVER
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