COCo. Dance Theatre

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COCo. Dance Theatre

Virago-Man Dem

November 2, 3 and 4, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.

$30 Regular / $24 Seniors / $10 Columbia College Chicago Students


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“...stunning, with virtuosic displays of endurance, vocal play, and extensive movement vocabularies.”  -- Culturebot

Virago-Man Dem is the newest evening-length, experimental dance-theatre work by Cynthia Oliver. Troubling the term “virago” and its reference to characteristically male behaviors and female cultural transgressions, Virago-Man Dem is a study in masculinities and their multiplicities within cultures of Caribbean and African American communities.

Virago-Man Dem captures various masculinities through movement, spoken language and visual design and explores the expressions particular to Caribbean and African American black masculinities as they are performed and expressed by men, staged on male bodies, but designed and interpreted by a woman. The work is based on the lives of the men performing the work—Duane Cyrus, Jonathan Gonzalez and Niall Noel Jones—and asks, “How can a woman choreograph masculinity without resorting to stereotypes, but instead locate its nuances, challenges and ambiguities? Those very elements that black communities know so well and yet see rarely reflected in the culture at large?”


Performing Black Masculinities: Where, How and for Whom?: October 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, 915 E. 60th St.

Post-Performance Conversation: Thursday, November 2

Pre-Performance Talk: Friday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Sherwood Community Music School recital hall, 1312 S. Michigan Ave.

Virago-Man Dem is supported, in part, by the Edwards Foundation Arts Fund; the Multi Arts Production (MAP) Fund; Vermont Performance Lab; Gibney Dance; The University of Illinois; Dance at Illinois; the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography; New Waves Institute; and Dancing While Black.

The Dance Center presentation of COCo. Dance Company is funded, in part by, the National Endowment for the Arts.


Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary
Traditional/Indigenous Dance


The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago

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