Of Boys and Men brings together Lorcan Hopper, Kayah Guenther, Max McCauley, Zakariah Ghomi and Joshua Campton, five young Australian male dancers with a disability in the creation of a new dance theatre work. Collaborating with director Paul Gazzola, this project explores concepts of manhood, identity and self-empowerment. Its collectively created processes and outcomes, weave the personal and the universal to explore and expand on their own creative potential. The next working stage will take place as part of the Adelaide Festival Centres inSPACE Development Program in mid 2019 that has been supported by Arts South Australia through the Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability program as well as inSPACE. The final outcome, that will also invite Gaelle Mellis in as a collaborator, will open up a new space for them as makers in their own right and give them a national presence in the Australian contemporary dance scene.
Of Boys and Men builds on the existing connections the four dancers established during Catalyst/ Accessible Arts residencies in Sydney in 2015 and 2016. In 2017 they successfully applied for Australian Council funding which culminated in a stage 1 development in 2018. This creative period offered them a fertile space to reconnect, research the project themes and collectively explore new ways of working together. It was a playful period as much as a concentrated one that proved incredibly fruitful in what was uncovered.
This project is supported by Arts South Australia, The Australia Council for the Arts and the Adelaide Festival Centres inSPACE Development Program