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Making Men


Film

The work in progress “Making Men” is a project that involves creating a 4 scene dance film. Each one will show a different stage in the process of becoming a man.

Performance

Making Men will also be a piece of choreography created during the preparation of the film. The dance work will also be in 4 sections equivalent to those in the film.

Debate

Each performance will include a short exposé on some aspect of masculinity to precede the film and the dance piece, with a view to fostering a debate on what we consider to be an important issue in today’s society.


The work focusses on a group of individuals in the process of becoming men. Are they free to choose to do so in any way they deem appropriate, or are they forced into a mould? They proceed unquestioningly, as is expected, into manhood through various stages of their lives, adopting the clearly coded characteristics allowed by society.  

However, a feeling of unease, in the very depths of their being, oppresses them. It’s as if they have donned ill-fitting garments made for someone else. They feel uncertainty and something else, harder to define…

They attempt to understand, question and express their doubts. They try to break free of invisible chains, to find their true selves. The choreography seeks to highlight the limits of the male stereotype for those who seek to experience the full range of human emotions.


 

TEAM

Choreographer
Harold George

Film director
Antoine Panier

Artistic advice
Vincent Kuentz

Dance
Belgium: Harold George, Jipé Lukusa-Kankonda
Zimbabwe : Glendale Mudzimu, Tinashe Jeri

PARTNERS

Afrikera Arts Trust (Harare, Zimbabwe)

Special thanks to Philippe Jacquet of Yantra Académie de Danse and Thierry Delvigne of l’Ecole de Danse Menuet for their support.