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 final outcome, 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.
Background: 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 and The Australia Council for the Arts.