Of Boys and Men is a deeply personal exploration of manhood and identity performed by five young male dancers with a disability. Of Boys and Men brings together five young Australian male dancers – Lorcan Hopper, Kayah Guenther, Max McAuley, Zakaria Ghomri and Joshua Campton in the development of a new dance-theatre work.

Collaborating with director/choreographer/set designer Paul Gazzola and supported by leading SA arts practitioners including Gaelle Mellis – costume/co-set design, they have begun to explore concepts of manhood and to how they, as dancers, navigate their way through their worlds. Drawing on their own experiences, they explore what it means for them as young men with a disability in today’s world.

The Men of Shadows project is a raw and authentic piece of disability led dance-theatre. It provides an opportunity for these young men to use their skills and expand their practice by creating a contemporary work in their own right. The collaborative process is based on a mutual sharing of interests and ideas with the director taking the responsibility to gather the threads and assist them in assembling a working structure that supports them to drive the onstage outcomes. The Men of Shadows project will give them a voice and a national presence in contemporary dance practice in Australia.

Of Boys and Men builds on the existing connections the four dancers established during Catalyst/ Accessible Arts residencies in Sydney in 2015 and 2016. This project supports them in the further development of their careers as young and emerging artists and creates a platform to develop a unique work referencing their own personal experiences.


This project is funded by Arts South Australia through the Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability program, The Australia Council for the Arts and OSCA – Open Space Contemporary Arts. It is proudly supported by Adelaide Festival Centre’s inSPACE program. Special thanks to Access2arts, Carclew and all the parents and carers.


OB&M showing excerpts 2019 from OpenSpaceContemporaryArts on Vimeo.